Britain in the Age of the Revolution 1789-1848

Ref: C2420784

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The French Revolution opened a turbulent period in European history. The Revolution led to a war that lasted for twenty-three years, followed by a time of repression and further revolutions, culminating in the events of 1848. Through Britain did not experience a similar set of revolutions, the country was shaken by economic hardship, the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and the growth of radical agitation. It was thus a time of profound dislocation for Britain as well as for the rest of Europe.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to provide an overview of British history at a time when Europe was torn by war and revolution.

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:

  • understand the main political and economic events in the period from 1789 to 1848
  • recognise the impact of war and economic change on the lives of the mass of the population
  • assess the reactions of successive British governments to radical agitation
  • be aware of the debate about the reasons why Britain avoided a political revolution

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
  • Teaching will be through PowerPoint presentations and the class blog. Students are encouraged to contribute to the class discussion.

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
  • Students are encouraged to communicate with the tutor, through personal conversations or through email.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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?

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Britain in the Age of the Revolution 1789-1848

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Waiting List Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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