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The Modern World


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Professor Frank Trentmann
  • Assessment: a 500-word primary source analysis (20%), 500-word modern scholarship summary (20%) and 1500-word essay (60%)

Module description

In this module you will gain basic knowledge of the history of Britain, Europe and the world from the late eighteenth century to the present. The lectures are arranged chronologically and thematically. They are followed by seminar classes focusing on a range of sources and key texts related to the subject.

Indicative syllabus

  • The birth of the modern world
  • Capitalism and globalisation
  • Labour and migration
  • States and nations
  • Imperialism
  • Science, faith and culture
  • The First World War and revolution
  • Democracy and its discontents
  • The Holocaust
  • The post-World War II order