Seminar in Post-1700 European History

London: History of a City

This seminar explores the history of London from the eighteenth century to the present.  Topics include the Enlightenment-era "public sphere" of coffee houses and pleasure gardens; the impact of poverty, disease, and pollution on the role of the state; the relationship between physical space and intellectual modernism; and the reverberations of empire through commodities, migration, and the built environment. 


This course fulfills the research seminar requirement for History majors but is open to others.  The central requirement of the course is a 25-page research paper based on original sources.

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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