19th Century Europe 1815-1914 Dynasties and Democracies

Course Dates: 11/01/22 - 29/03/22
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
We will examine the relationship between royal and democratic power in the main states in continental Europe from the defeat of Napoleon to 1914. Royal dynasties were invented if needed. Elected assemblies were created. Which held real power?
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Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £105.00

Course Code: HEH56

Tue, day, 11 Jan - 29 Mar '22

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

To consider who exercised political, social and economic power in these years.

What will we cover?

Royal families, their relationships and their influence. Parliaments and politicians, political elites; voting and elections; the role of newspapers and journals, including cartoons; how and why democratic institutions grew.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Understand how political and social power was exercised in these years.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

An interest in reading and thinking about history and discussing questions, but I don’t assume you have any prior knowledge.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

I’ll give you notes and possible questions to discuss, plus relevant visuals- paintings, cartoons, maps.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in European history. Please see the City Lit website.

Pamela Pilbeam

Pamela Pilbeam, Professor Emeritus in French History, Royal Holloway and sessional lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, is the historical consultant and main presenter of The Legend of Madame Tussaud, an Arte docu-drama seen on BBC Four, 23 February 2017. Her recent books include Madame Tussaud and the History of Waxworks (paperback, print on demand Bloomsbury, 2017, 1st ed. 2003), Saint-Simonians in Nineteenth-Century France (Palgrave, 2014), The 1830 Revolution in France (Palgrave, e edition 2014).

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