Europe, nations and empires 1848-1914
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: HEH15
Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)
What is the course about?
In 1848 Europe was dominated by empires and monarchies, but during this period the idea of the nation state took hold, alongside movements towards liberal democracy and socialism which disrupted the map of Europe established after the Napoleonic wars. Rapid economic and social change also helped transform European societies. The governments of the bigger powers became increasingly eager to acquire territory beyond Europe and rivalries between them played their part in causing the outbreak of the Great War.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Europe in 1848 – its key social, political and economic characteristics
- The revolutions of 1848 and the challenges they posed to existing empires
- The Crimean War and its consequences for European nations and societies
- Nationalism in Germany, Bismarck and the formation of the German Empire.
- The Italian Risorgimento and the creation of the Kingdom of Italy
- France – from empire to republic
- How European powers become colonial rivals
- Tsarist Russia – challenges to autocracy
- The causes of the First World War.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Describe some of the main forces bringing about change in Europe in the nineteenth century
-Identify key developments in European history in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century that have shaped the Europe of today
-Decide which events, which movements and which personalities contributed most to the changing face of Europe.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good
grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and
learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our history and current
affairs courses, intellectual curiosity and an open mind are more important than specific previous knowledge. If you would like to do some preparatory reading, you might like to begin reading Alan Farmer’s ‘An Introduction to Nineteenth century Europe’ (Hodder,. 2001) or William T. Walker’s e-book ‘European History 1848-1914’ (Research & Education, 2002).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor presentation, group discussion, tutor-guided analysis of documents, images and video clips. You will be
given a short reading list in case you would like to do some additional reading, but this is not necessary to
participation in class discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. If you would like to take any notes, do bring a notebook or other means to record key points. All handouts and presentations will be posted on our Google Classroom webpage.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in European and World history.