The Age of Napoleon and After - An East Midlands Focus

Ref: C2338742

The period of the Napoleonic Wars had massive repercussions on the everyday life of people in our local area. We will be looking at these both in the period of the wars themselves and their aftermath. A range of resources will be used to cover changes in economic conditions, transport and agriculture, focusing particularly on the impact on the framework knitting industry and emergence of the Luddite movement as a powerful force of resistance, and attempts by the authorities to suppress it. We will be looking also local characters like Daniel Lambert and at an overview of national and world events which will help us better understand what was going on locally.

Course aim

To introduce students to various aspects of East Midlands history in the period of Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath against the background of national/world events of the same period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The only requirement is an interest in local history.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Provide examples to show how the economic and social life of rich and poor town and county inhabitants was affected by the events of the period.
  • Evaluate various sources to give reasons why the political life of the town and county was so turbulent during the period studied.
  • Identify the reasons why the Corporation of Leicester was seen as so out of touch with most of the inhabitants and regarded as a nest of corruption.
  • Utilise a range of evidence to show the effects of changes in transport on local industry and agriculture with particular emphasis on the canal system.
  • Explain the contributions of key individuals to various aspects of life in the town/county during the period studied.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Students will be encouraged to carry out further exploration of issues in their own time, and will be encouraged to bring in any findings to supplement the materials of the course.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A weekly learner pack and back up notes will be provided. The notes can be emailed or provided as hard copy. A ring binder to keep these in would be useful, plus notebook to jot down incidental matters.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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The Age of Napoleon and After - An East Midlands Focus


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