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HST5209 - The Georgians: Society and Culture in Eighteenth Century England

This module introduces students to the cultural, social and economic history of one of the most vibrant centuries in British history and reveals the Georgians in all their colour and contradictions.

Module code: HST5209

Credits: 15

The Georgian period was an era of startling contrasts: elegance and squalor, politeness and prostitution, 'patricians' and 'plebs', landed privilege and a booming economy.

This was an epoch of startling changes in trade and industry, town and countryside, culture and manners.

We examine concepts of 'An Age of Manufactures' and the 'birth of a consumer society'; the flowering of towns and polite culture; the interlinked worlds of rich, poor and striving middling sort; bloody criminal justice and the criminal underworld; literacy, letter-writing and the rise of the novel; gender relations, sex and the family.

Were the British a polite and commercial people, or an ungovernable rabble? Was this an ''Ancien RĂ©gime'', or the first modern, industrial society?

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