Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
The British Isles in the Age of Revolutions
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
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Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 2 hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1  2,500/3,000 word essay  50%
Semester Assessment Essay 2  2,500/3,000 word essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2  2,500/3,000 word essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1  2,500/3,000 word essay  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant historiography of the British Isles during the long eighteenth century.

Identify the criteria used by historians for making valid comparisons between the historical experiences of the different countries of the British Isles.

Discuss the interpretative problems and prospects associated with this topic.

Illustrate, analyse and evaluate historical writing concerned with the British Isles in this period in an extended written discussion.

Brief description

This module draws on the expertise and research interests of the eighteenth century specialists in the department, and aims to introduce students to some of the main themes, ideas and historical debates within the history of the British Isles during the long eighteenth century. It adopts the paradigm of revolutions, and argues that the British Isles experienced numerous ‘revolutions’; political, cultural, religious and intellectual, during the course of the century. The module takes between eight and ten of these ‘revolutions’ and aims to provide students with the opportunity to study the histories of the constituent countries of the British Isles during this formative period in their development.

The module is designed to be introductory and may, therefore, deal with themes with which students are already familiar. However, the teaching material is designed to stretch students by looking at these themes in a very different and more in-depth way than they may have been accustomed to doing at undergraduate level.


We will draw on the expertise and research interests of staff in the Department of History and Welsh History to offer an MA that targets those postgraduate students who wish to study the history of eighteenth-century Britain as an integrated whole, whilst at the same time enabling them to specialize in the history of England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales within that context.



1. Introduction and Orientation
2. The ‘British’ Isles in the ‘Long Eighteenth’ Century: Historiographical Perspectives
3. The Eighteenth-Century Urban Revolution
4. Riot and Rebellion in Eighteenth Century Britain
5. The British Isles and the Idea of a ‘Long’ Reformation
6. Public Opinion in the Long Eighteenth Century
7. Britain and the Atlantic World
8. The Emergence of the Idea of Leisure
9. Britain and the American Revolution
10. Republican Ireland

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Seminar discussion and essay writing. The latter is formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar and tutorial discussion; tutors' feedback.
Information Technology Locating some journal articles electronically. Surveying the historiography of the subject using various search tools. Essay-writing and presentation
Personal Development and Career planning Studying the module puts students in direct contact with librarians at the National Library and elsewhere in the course of researching essays and considering research projects undertaken over recent years at NLW and elsewhere in Aberystwyth.
Problem solving Demonstrating an understanding of the nature of a comparative analytical approach, and how this approach can be applied to the study of the constituent countries and cultures of the British Isles across this particular period.
Research skills Mainly concerns the location of secondary material. Assessed through the essays.
Subject Specific Skills Develop a knowledge of, and familiarity with, a broad range of historical writing relating to the various themes prominent in eighteenth-century Britain.
Team work Seminar work


This module is at CQFW Level 7