Georgian London 1714-1815
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Keeley Street
Also as the capital of a global superpower, how were the lives of Londoners affected by political, economic and social revolution, and protracted warfare in a period spanning the American Revolution and the defeat of Napoleon?
This course has now started
What is the course about?
In a time of stormy international events, London continued to grow and prosper. There were new roads and
bridges; new economic developments, new opportunities for culture. But there were also riots, unrest and a growing fear of crime.
What will we cover?
Hanover vs Stuart
New churches – Gibbs, Hawksmoor
The fashionable west, and `country’ houses
Developments in south London
Theatre – John Gay, David Garrick, censorship
Workhouses, water, social care.
London’s infrastructure – roads, canals, bridges, the docks
The modernisation of the townscape
Music and culture
The Gordon riots
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Place events and characters into a coherent chronological framework
Identify key features of London’s layout and appearance
Recognise ways of taking personal interests further.
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 and to participate fully in discussions. 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, curiosity, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about
views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes taught through interactive lecture.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Please bring pen and paper (or electronic equivalent).Books and resources will be recommended throughout the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
London and British history courses starting in September. Please see the City Lit website.