Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Wales in An Age of Revolution, 1770-1850
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 5 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,000 word essay  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   (1 x 1.5 hour exam)  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,000 word supplementary (resit) essay  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   1 x 1.5 hour supplementary (resit) examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate an understanding of the significant developments in the history of Wales over a broad chronological period that has been characterized as an Age of Revolutions.

Demonstrate an understanding of the historiography and debates surrounding important themes in the social, political and religious history of modern Wales.

Reflect critically upon a range of relevant primary sources from late eighteenth and nineteenth century Wales.

Collect, collate and analyze historical evidence and produce both written and (where relevant) oral arguments.


The module is intended to extend the choice available to students wishing to study the history of Wales at Level I, including those following degree schemes in modern and contemporary history. Students are introduced to central themes in the history of modern Wales as a basis for further study in Part II.

Brief description

The purpose of the module is to provide an introduction to the main economic, social, cultural and political changes that took place in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Wales. The structure of power in society is examined, as well as the response to the Atlantic revolutions (America and France), as well as attitudes to slavery. The impact of the Napoleonic Wars and post-war developments are also analysed. Students will be enabled to understand and discuss the main concepts and historical debates concerning the period.


1. Introduction – What is a Revolution?
2. The Old Order: Aristocracy, Power and Authority in Eighteenth-Century Wales.
3. Manufacturing a New World: the Industrial Revolution.
4. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Wales and America.
5. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Wales and the French Revolution, 1789.
6. ‘Am I not a Man and a Brother?’ Wales and Slavery.
7. For King and Country: War and Loyalism in Wales, 1793-1815.
8. A Riotous Nation: Food Riots, 1793-1801.
9. Dirt and Disease: the Social Consequences of the Industrial Revolution.
10. Post-war Protest: From the Scotch Cattle to the Reform Crisis.
11. A People in Arms: Chartism, 1838-48.
12. ‘A Most Creditable Portion of Welsh History’: the Rebecca Riots, 1839-44.
13. ‘Empires of the Soul’: Religion in a Changing Society.
14. ‘Pestilence on their Backs, Famine in their Stomachs’: Wales and the Irish Great Famine, 1845-50.
15. The Treason of the Blue Books: Education, Government and the People.
16. Taming the Towns: Making Urban Culture
17. Making a New Nation: the Communications Revolution in Mid-Nineteenth Century Wales.
18. Conclusion – Change, Continuity and Progress.

1. Landholding and authority
2. Wales and the Atlantic
3. War and social change
4. Chartism
5. Gender and protest

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
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 the history of Wales and its global contexts.
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