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Citizens, Comrades and Consumers: The Making of the Modern World since 1650

Convenor: Helen Cowie

Module type: Survey module

Module code: HIS00005C

Terms taught: Spring-Summer

The module provides an introduction to history from the early modern era to the present day. It will offer a variety of approaches to the period, including political, social, cultural and economic history, and expose students to the wide range of modes of historical analysis in this period. Core lectures will offer a broad chronological overview of the period and expose students to practical cases relating to the abstract questions raised in the concurrent modules. The discussion groups will address a selection of more focused topics and case studies emerging from the lectures.

Students will attend two lectures and one 90 minute discussion group in weeks two to nine of the spring term and weeks one to four of the summer term.

The following topics may be discussed in the lectures:

    • Power and People
    • Slavery and the Atlantic World
    • Sex, Marriage and Death
    • Industrialisation and Consumption
    • Urbanisation
    • Crime and Punishment
    • Enlightenment
    • Reading and Writing
    • Revolutions
    • The First Total War
    • Nationalisms
    • States and Peoples
    • Science and Religion
    • Empires
    • Bourgeois Culture
    • Mass Culture
    • The Future
    • Wars and World Wars
    • National and Popular Sovereignty
    • Booms and Busts
    • Dictatorships and Democracy
    • Decolonisation
    • Affluent Society and the Welfare State
    • The Past


To find out more

You might like to look at the following:

    • Bayly, C. A. The Birth of the Modern World 1780-1914. London: Blackwell Pub, 2004.
    • Doyle, William., ed. The Old European Order, 1660-1800. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.
    • Mazower, Mark. Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century. London: Allen Lane, 1998.

For more information on the module, please visit the module catalogue.