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School of History

HST6743 – The Age of Revolutions: Global Perspectives

Module code: HST6743

Credits: 60
Semester: YEAR

Module Convenor: Dr Maurizio Isabella

The module examines the global nature of the age of revolutions between the late eighteenth century and mid- nineteenth century, focusing in particular on those parts of the world and on those revolutionary events traditionally treated by historians as marginal or peripheral. It provides an overview of the period through a set of case studies, ranging from events in Latin and Central America to the Mediterranean and Asia, as well as through the analysis of their global political and ideological entanglements. The module is organised around a variety of approaches. First it provides an introduction to the methodology of global history and its implications for the study of the age of revolutions. Second, it offers a thematic and comparative analysis of the shared features of the revolutions around the world (the role of the army and nature of revolutionary wars, the relationship between religion and revolutionary ideologies, counter- revolutionary culture, secret societies). Finally, it discusses specific case studies (the Haitian revolution, the Greek revolution of 1821, etc) and explores connections and transnational influences across the world.

This module MUST be taken in conjunction with HST6700 History Research Dissertation.

Assessment: Source Analysis 1 6.25%, Source Analysis 2 6.25%, Essay 1 18.75%, Essay 2 18.75%, Dissertation 50%
Level: 6

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