The Hanoverians: Britain and Ireland 1714-1837 | Newberry

The Hanoverians: Britain and Ireland 1714-1837

Saturday, February 22, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, February 22 – May 3 (class will not meet April 19)

10 am – Noon

Led by Frank Biletz

The era of the Hanoverian monarchs was marked by political challenges, social and economic transformations, and cultural transition. This course will explore such topics as the Jacobite rebellions in Scotland; Penal Laws and Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland; the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution; women and family relationships; the “madness” of George III; British responses to the American and French revolutions; the 1798 Rising in Ireland; the Regency; Catholic Emancipation; and the Reform Act of 1832. Please read the first two chapters of The Age of Aristocracy for the first meeting.

Frank Biletz holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently Lecturer in History at Loyola University Chicago.

Materials List

  • William B. Willcox and Walter L. Arnstein, The Age of Aristocracy 1688-1830, 8th edition (Houghton Mifflin, 2000).
  • As new copies of this textbook are prohibitively expensive (over $100), I have not ordered it through the Newberry Library Bookstore. However, many copies in a variety of conditions and with prices as low as a few dollars are readily available on Amazon marketplace and from other dealers on the internet. The eighth edition is preferable, but earlier editions would also be fine.

Supplemental Readings:

  • Linda Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837 (Yale University Press, 1992). ISBN# 978-0300152807.

Readings for the First Session:

  • For the first meeting, please read the first two chapters of The Age of Aristocracy.

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Ten sessions, $240.
Register Online.