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    The history of ideas in early modern and modern Europe has been richly served. Further specific readings are detailed below for each lecture/essay and seminar topic. Please find below recommended reference and survey works, all of which provide useful entry points into particular subjects and debates
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    2. General western intellectual tradition 0 items
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    Lecture: why ideas matter: history, power, ideology (Dr Tom Crook)
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    Lecture: absolutism and varieties of the absolutist state (Prof. Andrew Spicer)
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      Key thinker and text: Jacques-Benigne Bossuet, Politics drawn from the very words of Holy Scripture (1709)
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      Event: the reign of Louise XIV (1643-1715)
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    Lecture: early modern resistance and resistance theory (Prof. Andrew Spicer)
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      Key thinker and text: [Philippe du Plessis-Mornay, pseud. Stephanius Jurius Brutus], Vindiciae contra tyrannos; Or, concerning the legitimate power of a prince over the people, and of the people over a prince (1579)
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      Event: French wars of religion (c. 1560-1600)
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    Lecture: liberty and modern republicanism (Dr Tom Robb)
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      Key thinker and text: Tom Paine, Common Sense (1776)
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      Event: The American revolution and the birth of the US
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    Lecture: nationalism and the idea of the nation (Dr Marius Turda)
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      Key thinker and text: Johann Fichte, Addresses to the German national (1807)
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      Event: the French invasion (Napoleon) of German territories
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    Lecture: liberalism, enlightenment and the birth of free trade (Dr Tom Crook)
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      Key thinker and text: Adam Smith, The wealth of nations (1776)
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      Event: the repeal of the corn laws in 1846
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      Key thinker and text: Cecil Rhodes, "Confession of faith" (1877)
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      Event: British expansionism in Africa
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    Lecture: socialism and the communist ideal (Dr Tom Crook)
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      Key thinker and text: Vladimir Lenin, The state and revolution (1917)
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      Event: the Russian revolution (1917)
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    Lecture: social Darwinism and eugenics (Dr Marius Turda)
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      Key thinker and text: Francis Galton, "Eugenics: its definition, scope and aims" (1904)
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      Event: the establishment of the Society for Racial Hygiene (1905) and the Eugenics Education Society (1907)
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    Lecture: neo-liberalism and the perversion of liberalism (Dr Tom Crook)
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      Key thinker and text: Friedrich A Hayek, The road to serfdom (1945)
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      Event: the Thatcher governments (1979-90)
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    Lecture: thinking with and against "isms": critical reflections on the importance of Western ideas (Dr Marius Turda)
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      This class will be based on general discussion regarding the module as a whole and in particular the advantages and limitations of intellectual history