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Forthcoming Lecture Course

COURSE OUTLINE

THE HISTORY OF DUNDEE AND ANGUS, AD 80 TO 1940

 

The course of lectures detailed below will be offered as part of the curriculum for the up-coming Autumn session of classes within the department of Continuing Education at the University of Dundee.  If you are interested in  taking part please contact the university direct or Anthony Cox @ This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   The course is in its second year and was very well received by  those who participated last year. The course involves eighteen classes, comprising lectures, power point presentations and discussion. It will draw out the role of Dundee and Angus in the forging and development of the Scottish nation, and will particularly focus on the social history and the everyday lives of ordinary people.  Some classes will be conducted in the form of field trips, while other additional field trips will be available as a supplementary activity.

 

 

ROMAN PRELUDE X2

These classes will focus on the history of the Roman presence in Scotland in general and the north-east of Scotland in particular and will attempt to draw a picture of the society that the Romans encountered and the impact of the Roman influence in Scotland.

FROM PICTLAND TO ALBA X2

These classes will focus on the experience of the north-east of Scotland during the period 500AD to 1000AD.  It will look at the evolution and decline of Pictish society.  The lecture and course work for this class will attempt to answer the question, ‘who were the Picts?’  A supplementary activity, involving a field trip to Pictish sites in Angus, will be offered to students.

MEDIEVAL ANGUS AND DUNDEE X2

These classes will focus on the development of the Angus hinterland during the medieval and early modern period (1000 to 1500).  Particular attention will be paid to the evolution of the burgh system of settlement, the experience of the Wars of Independence and the development of urban and trading centres in Angus.  A field trip will be offered to students, comprising a visit to Dundee will focus on the evolution of the town during this period.

‘GENEVA OF THE NORTH’: DUNDEE AND THE REFORMATION X2

The evolution of Dundee as a trading, manufacturing and political centre, during the 15th and 16th centuries will be examined.  The lecture and class discussion will look at important figures associated with Dundee and the Reformation such as George Wishart and John Knox and the place of the town on the development of the Reformation.  A supplementary field trip to Dundee will be offered to students.

DUNDEE AND ANGUS: FROM THE CIVIL WARS TO THE ACT OF UNION X2

These classes will focus on the fortunes of Dundee and Angus from 1600 to the 1740s and will look at the background to, and consequences of, events such as the siege of Dundee, the Act of Union and the Jacobite revolts.

RADICAL DUNDEE AND ANGUS X2

These classes will focus on the period of the late eighteenth century and the development of radical currents of thought and action in Dundee and Angus.  A field trip to Dundee will be offered to students to accompany this class discussion.

THE GENESIS OF JUTE DEPENDENCY X2

These classes will focus on the rise of urbanisation and industrialisation in Dundee and Angus from the late eighteenth century up to the mid-nineteenth century.  A field trip to the Blackness area will be offered as part of this class.

THE MAKING OF JUTEOPOLIS X2

These classes will focus on the rise of the jute industry in Dundee and Angus from the 1850s up to the beginning of the First World War.

THE DUNDEE-CALCUTTA NEXUS X2

These classes will focus on the links that were established between Dundee and Calcutta from the mid-nineteenth century and will look at the consequences for Dundee and Angus that followed from the establishment of jute manufacturing in Bengal.

THE DECLINE OF JUTEOPOLIS, 1918-1940 X2

These classes will look at the inter-war period and focus on the impact of the depression in Dundee during the 1930s on ordinary peoples’ lives.

 

Reading List

P. J. Ashmore, Neolithic and Bronze Age Scotland, London, 2000; Ian Armit, Celtic Scotland, London, 2000; Tacitus, The Agricola  and The Germania, London, 1970; K. J. Edwards and I. B. M. Ralston, Scotland After the Ice Age, Edinburgh, 2003; A. P. Smyth, Warlords and Holy Men: Scotland AD80-1000, Edinburgh, 2004; Alex Woolf, From Pictland to Alba, Edinburgh, 2007; Norman Watson, A Short History of Dundee;  Ian D. Whyte, Scotland Before the Industrial Revolution, London, 1995; C. McKean, P. Whatley and K. Baxter, Lost Dundee, Edinburgh, 2008; C. McKean, B. Harris, C. A. Whatley, Dundee: Renaissance to Enlightenment, Dundee, 2009; W. W. Knox, Industrial Nation: Work, Culture and Society in Scotland, 1800-Present, Edinburgh, 1999.

 

 
 

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