Revolutionary Britannia: Britain in the Age of the French Revolution c.1788-1832

Ref: C2226720

The French Revolution is one of the great turning points of modern history and an event which cause great debate across Europe. This course aims to look at the political, cultural impact of the revolution on Britain. After studying the political structure of the nation, this course will investigate the parliamentary response to the revolution. It will then investigate three British responses to the French revolution: the radicals who supported the revolution, the Loyalists who sought to defend the monarchy, and the women's perspective of Hannah More and Mary Wollstonecraft. This course will also evaluate how Britain defended itself from revolutionary France before finally examining the impact of reform and reaction in post-war Britain.

Additional information about this course

Half term break 24/10/2019

Course aim

This course will study the political and cultural impact of the French Revolution on Britain, focusing on the political and popular response to the revolution, the defence of Britain against Napoleon, and the struggles of post-war Britain

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • To identify the key reasons for the support or rejection of the French Revolution in Britain
  • To investigate the popular loyalist and radical response to the French Revolution
  • To evaluate the methods used to defend Britain against Napoleon
  • To identify the key features of the feminist response to the French Revolution
  • To analyse the impact of post-war protest and suppression in Britain

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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Revolutionary Britannia: Britain in the Age of the French Revolution c.1788-1832


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