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The British Isles and the modern world, 1789-1914

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: A225
  • Level: 2
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This is a fantastic module. My favourite of 4 excellent OU modules so far. The long nineteenth century was a period of profound changes in the way many people lived and worked. A225 mixes social, economic and political history to study the inherent paradoxes of the period - at once a time of immense national confidence for many Britons in the pre-eminent industrial nation while the new urban centres saw deprivation and disease on a large scale. The module examines the effect of both the American and French Revolutions on the politics of the period while an overview of an expanding empire illustrates tensions leading up to the First World War. Students have access to a variety of primary sources and the development of source analysis is a key component of the module. The material is complemented by guest lectures and online tutorials. 1789 to 1914 seems to be a period that many tutors are extremely enthusiastic about, which I found very inspiring. This is obviously a mandatory module for History students but I would also highly recommend this module for those considering a broader Arts and Humanities or Open degree.

Course starting: October 2020

Review posted: August 2021

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