Nelson, Napoleon and Wellington: War and Society in Regency England

Ref: C3670931

Three men epitomise the Regency era for many: Nelson, Napoleon and Wellington. We will take an overview of the Regency period in Britain (c1800-1820) and its legacy in industry, literature, art and architecture. We will look at key events including the French Revolution, and discuss the impact of a long-term, distant, foreign war on society at home. In particular, we will study Nelson's naval battles, the Peninsular War and the Waterloo campaign. The local context will be considerd as well as social history and high society.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

To give an overview of the Regency period in Britain and the impact of war, peace and industrialisation on social change.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • List 2 major naval battles and summarise their significance
  • List 3 major land battles and summarise their significance.
  • Outline two changes that helped bring about the industrial revolution
  • Name 3 major artists/ writers / architects of the period and describe their achievements.
  • Describe two areas of difference in social behaviour and expectations compared with today

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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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Nelson, Napoleon and Wellington: War and Society in Regency England Course Outline

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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