MO3220 The Enlightenment and the World
Lecturer Professor Colin Kidd
Credits 30
Availability 2019-2020 - semester 2
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Description This course provides an introduction to one of the major topics in modern history. It will situate the Enlightenment in a global context, showing how the Enlightenment not only offered remedies for a Europe traumatised by the early modern wars of religion, but also encouraged a way of looking at the new worlds and civilisations beyond the old boundaries of Christendom, whether geographically, in India and China especially, or chronologically in the paganisms of classical antiquity. Special attention will also be paid to the more local significance of the Enlightenment in England, Scotland and Ireland. 

Basic Reading Edelstein, D., The Enlightenment: a genealogy (Chicago, 2010)
Marshall, P.J., and G. Williams, The Great Map of Mankind (London, 1982)
Said, E., Orientalism (any edition)
Wills, J.,  1688: a global history (London, 2002)

Course Structure

Week 1 The World in 1700
Week 2 Ancients and Moderns: Science and the Legacy of Antiquity
Week 3 Sceptics, deists and moderates
Week 4 Natural religion, civil religion and political religion
Week 5 Geography and the science of politics
Week 6 Orientalism
Week 7 China and the Enlightenment: Figurism and the Rites Controversy
Week 8 India and the Enlightenment: the Indo-European idea
Week 9 Savages and Barbarians: from the Americas to the Highlands
Week 10 Counter-Enlightenment and Romantic Nationalism
Week 11 The World in 1800




Learning Outcomes

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

1. an understanding of the main features of the Enlightenment
2. a knowledge of the ways in which eighteenth-century Europe related to other cultures, including both contemporary non-European civilizations and the historic legacy of classical antiquity     
3. an historically-informed understanding of the controversies in the academy surrounding 'Orientalism', race and the construction of the western canon
4. the ability to construct well-supported historical arguments by way of essays and seminar presentations
5. the acquisition of certain transferable skills (oral, organisational and interpersonal skills) through participating in and chairing group discussions and making oral presentations to the group



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