Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
From Revolution to World War: Wales 1789-1914
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 6 x 1 Hour Seminars
Lecture 18 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2,500 word essay  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written exam  70%
Supplementary Assessment 2,500 word essay  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Written exam  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of Welsh history between 1789 and the First World War and identify the main ideas and movements of the period and their effects on Welsh society.
2. Critically assess modern primary sources relating to important themes in the modern history of Wales.
3. Demonstrate a critical approach to the historiographical traditions and differences that have characterized work on modern Welsh history.
4. Demonstrate the skills appropriate to the study of the history of Wales in this period.


This module will provide students on Welsh History degree schemes with an introduction to the modern period. The module will also be available to students on History degree schemes more generally and will enrich the department’s existing suite of part one modules.

Brief description

This module on the long nineteenth century in Wales intends to provide an introduction to the tremendous transformations Wales underwent between the French Revolution of 1789 and the First World War in a British and European context. The module will discuss the industrial and agricultural revolutions, the development of radical political expression, i.e. rioting and demonstrating, and of constitutional politics, the rise of Nonconformity as a ‘national’ religion, men’s, women’s and children’s stories, as well as the linguistic, visual and musical culture of Wales.


1. ‘Internal Colony’ to ‘Five-foot Nation’: Wales 1789–1914
2. Wales, Scotland and Ireland: Diverging Histories
3. ‘It’s the Economy’ I: Copper, Iron, Coal and Slate
4. ‘It’s the Economy’ II: The Agricultural Revolution
5. Parishes, Towns and no Capital
6. Radicalism, Revolution and Revolt I: From 1789 to Chartist Rising
7. Radicalism, Revolution and Revolt II: Rebecca to Tonypandy Riots 1910
8. His Story: The Emergence of Constitutional Politics
9. Her Story: No Vote, but still (politically) Active
10. Welsh Children: Work, Education (and a little play)
11. Anglicanism vs Nonconformity: State and ‘National’ Church
12. Welsh and English: Communities and Domains
13. Culture I: Press and Publishing
14. Culture II: Creating National Institutions
15. Culture III: A Musical Nation and its Visual Culture
16. Europeans, the Empire and Wales
17. The Death of Queen Victoria and the Birth of Modern Wales
18. War and the Welsh Wizard

1. Wales and mass politics
2. Wales and education
3. Wales and the visual arts
4. Wales and music
5. Wales and war

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Written communication skills will be developed through the coursework and written examination; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but are not formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be advised on how to improve research and communication skills through the individual tutorial providing feedback on submitted coursework
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be expected to word-process their work and make use of Blackboard. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop a range of transferable skills, including time management and communication skills, which may help them identify their personal strengths as they consider potential career paths.
Problem solving Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays
Research skills Students will develop their research skills by reading a range of texts and evaluating their usefulness in preparation for the coursework and the written examination
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop knowledge of sources and historical literature relating to modern Wales.
Team work Students will be expected to play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars) and to learn to evaluate their own contribution to such activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 4