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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST3685 Georgians at War

40 creditsClass Size: 12

Module manager: Dr Kevin Linch

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Georgians had a complex relationship with war. During the 75 years between 1740 and 1815 Britons suffered defeats and invasion, military victories and lucky escapes, mass mobilisation and demobilisation. Furthermore, social and cultural attitudes oscillated wildly, championing some soldiers and sailors as heroes whilst others were lampooned or despised. This module explores the impact of war on Georgian lives and takes a broad perspective of the period by encompassing society, politics, culture, and gender to explore the multi-faceted interactions between the military and society. The course embraces the experience of the ‘elite’ and ordinary men and women who were affected by war. The sources that will be consulted will include parliamentary debates, newspapers, digitised archival material, material culture, private letters, and individual testimony.


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

Appreciate and comment on primary and secondary sources that they have studied;
Understand the range of source material available to study the period and evaluate their usefulness to historians;
Identify and engage with the historiographical and methodological debates relating to Britain’s experience of war in the eighteenth century.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have acquired:

A detailed knowledge of the impact of war on British society and culture in the period c.1740-1815;
A grasp of the complex interactions between the military and society in the period;
A sophisticated understanding of attitudes towards the military and the impact military service had on the identity of those involved.

Skills outcomes
In addition, students will develop their skills in:

Reading eighteenth century script
Quantitative analysis


Students will study themes in blocks of classes during the year ranging across the period 1740-1815, covering the Seven Years War, American War of Independence, French Revolutionary, and Napoleonic Wars. The module encompassed both the army and the navy and themes will include:

War and peace
War, culture, and society
Attitudes, experience and identities

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours355.50
Total Contact hours44.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Directed learning for each seminar
Research and writing for the essay
Exam preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via:
Seminar contributions
Seminar presentations

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4000 words due by 12 noon of Monday of exam week 2 in January40.00
PresentationTwo presentations in a format to be determined by tutor10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

The format of resits for the presentations will be an equivalent written exercise.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:40:27


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