The Georgians: 1714-1837

Ref: C3744171

The House of Hanover lost influence to Parliament but presided over a nation that was to become the leading world power. The Hanoverian line reigned uninterrupted through five monarchs despite Jacobite risings, the loss of the American colonies and a long but victorious war with Napoleonic France. Come and explore the politics and politicians of the period as new social classes arose and modern party politics began to take shape. .   

Course aim

To introduce students to the reigns of the Georgian monarchs in Britain by exploring their personal and public personas and their role in the political struggles of the period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify and contrast the personal styles and public policies of the Georgian monarchs and the changing balance of power and influence between Crown and Parliament
  • Assess overseas developments and Britain’s position as a world power during the period
  • Critically evaluate contemporary documents

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
  • Handouts of documents will be distributed each week, to be read before the next session.

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
  • There will be an opportunity to review your progress mid-course.

What else do I need to know?

  • You may wish to bring along a notebook and pen to take notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No prior reading is required but students may like to read The Kings of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon (Pen & Sword History, 2017) for an entertaining introduction to the Georgian monarchs.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Georgians: 1714-1837

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