Time: 17:30 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HEH61
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
We’ll explore what we understand by a revolution and how this meaning has changed over the years. We’ll also take a look at revolutions beyond politics, such as in science or technology. We’ll then move on to consider important revolutions, going back over two millennia, which have changed the world in which we live today.
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?
• What is a revolution? What are theories of revolution?
• What was the cyclical notion of revolution in antiquity?
• Why were there rebellions rather than revolutions in medieval times?
• How did religious conflict interact with technological change to yield the Reformation?
• What underpinned the American and French revolutions?
• Why were there multiple revolutions in Russia?
• Should we think of the 1960s zeitgeist as revolutionary?
• Are we living through a technological revolution?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Define a revolution and explain common theories
• Explore revolution over the last two millennia
• Consider the revolutionary fervour of the 1960s
• Discuss whether we are living through a digital revolution.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course assumes no prior knowledge. You do not need any skills or a background in history or the social sciences.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is taught over eight weeks online, with each session lasting two hours.
You are given some follow up reading, but this is optional and you do not have to prepare for the classes.
The sessions are interactive and you will be expected to discuss ideas in small groups.
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 and World history. Please see the City Lit website.
Francesca is a Teaching Fellow at King's College, London. She completed her PhD on Trust and Revolution, having earned an MA in International Relations. Her book -- Trust, Politics, and Revolution: a European History -- was published by IB Tauris in 2019.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.