Europe 1600-1815 (HIH1250)

Lecturer(s)Professor Jeremy Black
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.50
Duration of ModuleOne semester
Total Student Study Time150 hours, including lectures 1 hour x 11 weeks and seminars 1 hour x 5 weeks.

Module aims

A vigorous revisionist account of the period in line with the module lecturer's published work on the subject, offering, in particular, an attack on Whiggish teleology.

Intended learning outcomes

Personal and key skills. Independent study and group work, including participating in oral seminar discussions. Ability to digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.

Learning and teaching methods

The weekly lectures will play a key role in providing a unifying core of ideas and information upon which all the students can build and to which they can react. The five seminars, focusing on particular aspects of the module, will offer further and deeper focus into certain areas. Students will be expected to prepare for these seminars in advance.


One essay of 1,500 words which will be marked and returned with comments. Work submitted on or before the specified deadline will be marked out of 100; work submitted within 2 weeks of the specified deadline will be marked for a maximum of 40.


The essay mark will count as 33% of the overall assessment. A 90 minute unseen exam in which two questions will be answered will form 67% of the overall assessment.

Syllabus plan

Essentially follows the schema laid down in the module lecturer's Europe in the Eighteenth Century, with introductory lectures on
1. The 'Early Modern', a misplaced modernity;
2. Absolutism revisited;
3. Seventeenth century international relations.

Indicative basic reading list

J. Black, Europe in the Eighteenth Century (2nd edn., Macmillan, 1999): Students must read this book before starting the module.
J. Black, European Warfare 1660-1815 (UCL Press, 1994)
J. Black, Kings, Nobles and Commoners (Taurus, 2004)
D. Sturdy, Louis XIV (Macmillan, 1999)
T. Munck, Europe in the Seventeenth Century (Macmillan, 1990)
E. Cameron (ed.), Early Modern Europe (OUP, 1999)