Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century
Academic Year
Semester 2
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  2,500 words  50%
Semester Assessment Open Exam  Open examination 2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Open examination  Open examination 2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,500 word supplementary (resit) essay  2000 word essay 2500 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate an understanding of the secondary source material and the ongoing debates in the study of the British Isles in the long eighteenth century.

Demonstrate an ability to reflect upon and critically analyze relevant sources from the period.

Demonstrate an ability to collect, collate and analyze relevant historical evidence in order to construct convincing written arguments

Produce work in a professional manner and demonstrate skills appropriate to the study of the long eighteenth century,

Brief description

This module will offer students a political, social and cultural history of the British Isles in the long eighteenth century, from around 1660 to 1800. This was the age of revolutions, political and industrial, and the impact of these significant developments will be considered throughout the module. That will include key political points of crises like the Jacobite rebellion, the impact of the American War of Independence and the French Revolution. In addition, social and cultural aspects of the period will be explored, including the power of the country house and landed estate, the growth of consumerism, the emergence of the middling sorts and working class, as well as the impact of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. An over-arching theme will be the extent to which a ‘British’ state and sense of identity was created during this period.


This module will provide students with an overview of the history of the British Isles during the period known to historians as the long eighteenth century. It will offer a broad perspective on the history of the British Isles, and the relations between its constituent countries, and explore major themes and developments over a comparatively long sweep of history.


1, 1660 and the Restoration of Authority
2. The ‘Glorious’ Revolution
3. The Scottish Union and Jacobitism
4. The Forging of a ‘British’ State?
5. Welsh Identity in the Long Eighteenth Century
6. The Landed Gentry and Society
7. The Making of the Working Class
8. The Middling Sorts
9. The Religious Revival in England and Wales
10. Britain and the Enlightenment
11. The Consumer Revolution
12. Crime and Punishment
13. Popular Culture
14 The Influence of Romanticism
15. The Sublime Landscape
16. The British Isles and the American War of Independence
17. Britain and the French Revolution
18. Conclusion

1. The ‘Glorious Revolution’?
2. The Ruling Elite
3. Morality and Immorality
4. The Influence of Romanticism
5. The Impact of the French Revolution
6. A ‘British’ Identity?

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 An ability to identify and analyze primary sources relating to the ‘British’ Isles in the long eighteenth century.
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 5