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HI 304G / HI 354G

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Mackillop

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 or above.

Note(s): This module is available to students on all non-History degree programmes as a Discipline Breadth course for the enhanced study requirement. However, the admission of students with a non-History degree intention will be at the discretion of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy.

This course will be available in 2012/13 as HI 304G.

By the late seventeenth century London was already one of Western Europe's largest and most important cities; by 1832 it was indisputably a 'world city', dominating processes of imperialism, finance, and international trade. This course focuses on the social and cultural processes that underpinned the city's 'metropolitan' status. It explores how the city acted as human magnate, drawing in immigrants from Britain, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia while acting as the controlling metropolis for Britain's increasingly global empire. It assesses eighteenth-century London politics, elites, the emergence of the 'middling sort', as well as its criminals and its social-sexual outcasts. The class concludes by examing how the city was represented within the vibrant medium of caricature and in the novel by focusing on the themes of life, death and the possibilities of a new 'urban' morality.

1 one-hour Seminar; 1 two-hour seminar per week.

1st Attempt: 5,000 word essay (50%); 1,500 word source review (20%); 1,500 word report on class presentation (20%); class participation (10%) (including attendance & seminar reports).

Resit: 5,000 word essay (50%); 1,500 word source review (25%); 1,500 word report on topic in lieu of class presentation (25%).

All pieces of resit work must be on new subject matter.