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Oxford Summer School - Wars of the Eighteenth Century, 7-14 August 2021, UK

Publish Date: Jan 24, 2021

Deadline: Feb 28, 2021

Event Dates: from Aug 07, 2021 12:00 to Aug 14, 2021 12:00


Wars of the Eighteenth Century


The eighteenth century was a period of massive upheaval with new ideas and technology, revolution and social change. Britain and France fought each other all over the world in what some have called the second Hundred Years War, from Louis XIV to Napoleon. This course will look at the key wars of the eighteenth century and how they transformed Europe and the world. Included will not just be better-known conflicts such as the American Revolutionary and Seven Years wars, but confrontations that often get ignored such as the Spanish, Polish and Austrian Succession wars and the Great Northern War.

Programme details

Session 1

The Great Northern War 

Session 2

The War of the Spanish Succession I

Session 3

The War of the Spanish Succession II

Session 4

The War of the Polish Succession

Session 5

The War of Jenkins Ear

Session 6

The War of the Austrian Succession

Session 7

The Seven Years War - Europe

Session 8

The Seven Years War – The Rest of the World 

Session 9

The American Revolutionary War –  A Family Quarrel 

Session 10

The American Revolutionary War – Global Conflict  

Session 11

The French Revolutionary War – The First Coalition

Session 12

Napoleon and the War of the Second Coalition 


DR Stewart Tolley


Stewart Tolley studied at Royal Holloway, University of London before completing a PhD at UCL, specialising in British political history in the early eighteenth century. He is currently helping set-up and launch an online historical archive of magazine-style feature articles.

Course aims

This course aims to give students an understanding of some of the key conflicts of the eighteenth century, not just in terms of the battles and generals but also the political and diplomatic forces that shaped them. 

Teaching methods

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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be expected to understand:

  • The cause, nature and conclusion of the most important conflicts of the eighteenth century
  • The motivation of states and individuals and how ideas and geopolitics impacted the wars of the eighteenth century
  • Trends across the century, how diplomacy and warfare changed over time
  • What long-lasting effects these conflicts had on Europe and the world

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