Europe 1650-1800: From Enlightenment to Romanticism (HIH2032A)
By 1750 educated Europeans were commonly describing their century as an ‘age of reason’ or ‘enlightened epoch’ as interest in the sciences, philosophy and rational religious belief intensified. But the late 1700s also saw ‘Romanticism’ develop as a reaction against the cult of reason. Romanticism generated a new concern for the individual, an emphasis on emotion, and a glorification of nature and the past.
This module investigates key political, intellectual, and cultural changes between 1650-1800, assessing the impact of enlightened ideas upon social, cultural, religious and domestic spheres, including the family, gender, medicine, consumption, crime and slavery. Later it explores Romanticism, and its relationship with reason, as it was revealed in literature, music, art and architecture, and in the philosophy and experience of revolution.