A key focus will be on the changing balance of power domestically as well as the transformation of Britain internationally as both a European and global power. The reigns of the first two Georges are relatively unknown compared to other British monarchs. This is despite the fact that Britain underwent a transformation under the early Hanoverians, including the beginnings of the modern boom and bust economy and the emergence of a new political institution, the premiership. This was also the period when the press and public opinion were becoming increasingly influential. Topics and themes around early eighteenth century politics, royalty and diplomacy will be the focus of this course, highlighting the changing landscape of the country In a relatively understudied period.
Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner): £820.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1430.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals): £1540.00
Stewart Tolley is currently a tutor at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education, teaching topics on Jacobitism and the politics of the eighteenth-century.
This course aims to give students an understanding of the important events and developments around politics, royalty and diplomacy during the reigns of the first two Georgian kings.
To develop a greater knowledge of the key events, personalities and developments of the period 1714-1760
To engage with a variety of primary sources, especially printed texts and imagery
To understand how Britain developed diplomatically, economically and politically during this period.
All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.
By the end of the course students will be expected to:
develop a good knowledge and a better understanding of the reigns of the first two Hanoverian monarchs
to be able to identify the key areas of continuity and change in politics and society during this period
to be able to better understand and engage with different primary texts
Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.
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