Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will explore the study of riots and rebellions, and examine what these movements can tell us about the transformation of pre-modern societies in the eighteenth century into modern societies in the nineteenth century. Examples from the 'British World' include the 1798 Irish rebellion, the Scottish Jacobites, the Welsh Rebecca riots, and English machine-breaking protests, as well as the American War of Independence and the 1857 Indian rebellion. We will examine their changing aims and methods, their impacts on socio-economic and cultural relations, on political structures within domestic Britain, and on the development of a 'British world' overseas. Students will critically consider three popular assumptions: that Britain's status as a pre-eminent industrial world power was unchallenged; that domestic Britain was both peaceful and secure; and the development of a 'British world' involved the reproduction of a relatively settled and homogenous society 'at home'.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDiane Kirkby

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of first-year history/art history or the approval of the coordinator


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsNineteenth-Century BritainRecommendedBlack, J. and MacRaild, D.PALGRAVE 2003
ReadingsSocial unrest and popular protest in England 1780-1840PreliminaryArcher, J. E.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2000

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Subject not currently offered - Subject options not available.