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Britain in an Age of Revolution, 1782-1815Two revolutions dominate this course- the Industrial Revolution, which set Britain on the road to prosperity, and the French, against which the nation fought a war of twenty-three years.
Early Georgian England 1714 - 1760We explore these crucial years, in which hard won peace and stability triumphed over Jacobite and French threats, Pope and Gray wrote their greatest poetry, and England acquired dominion over Canada and India.
Politics in Historical PerspectiveFew of today’s political issues are wholly new. We look at questions like Northern Ireland, devolution, EU membership and many others, adopting a historical perspective going back two or three hundred years, or even longer.
The Later Stuarts 1660-1714Continuing the story of the Stuart monarchy, we look at the Restoration and reign of the “Merry Monarch”, Charles II and discover that behind the merriment lay a shrewd political operator.
They Made History: Great Historians and their WorksHistory is not set in stone. Much depends on the men and women who write it, be they Catholics, Protestants or atheists, conservatives, liberals or socialists. Gibbon, Macaulay and AJP Taylor come under scrutiny, with many others less well known.
Years of Regency and Reform, 1815-1846We study an era of Regency dandies and penniless workers threatened by industrialisation, earnest reformers and Romantic poets, and see the stage being set for world-wide empire in the Victorian age.