Revolution and Reform During the Age of Romanticism (1815-1848):  A Trans-Atlantic View


Course Description

Why did the post-Napoleonic era witness such a proliferation of reform movements and revolutions (on both sides of the Atlantic)? The Romantics, children of the Enlightenment philosophes, added passion to the Enlightenment belief that progress was possible. The philosophes wrote, but Romantic reformers actively struggled for their utopian dreams.

What links the cultural aspects of Romanticism with the contemporaneous social, economic, political, and religious movements? What programs to “create a better world” informed the revolutions of the 1820s, the 1830s, and 1848? What propelled the reform movements for national independence, the struggles for democracy, the Second Great Awakening, the anti-slavery movement, the women’s rights movement, and the utopian socialist movement? What inspirational antecedents came from the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic era? During this era, what opposition did the reformers face? How successful were the reformers’ efforts at that time? Two centuries on, what has been the long-term impact of each visionary dream?

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Course Details

First Session: Thursday, January 9th 2020

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Discussion Team: Susan Anastasopoulos, Jerry Bures, Mary Hughes, Alberto Venturelli

Course Fees: 

$150.00 (tuition fee) 

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


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The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.


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