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Lecture and Seminar Programme

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Term

Week

Section

Lecture and Seminar Topics

1

1

 

Bridging Activities via your personal tutor

Testing Teams - please make sure you are familiar with Teams, since it is possible we may need to rely on at some point during the year.

There is an introductory lecture accessible here or here to listen to before next week's class, for which you should also look at 'Approaches to the Study of Corruption' link in the next box

Autumn Term

2

Introduction

Approaches to the Study of Corruption: Essential Reading

Lecture powerpoint

Recording

The opening lecture offers an introduction to the module. Please note that for some reason the recording did not include the powerpoint! Apologies, but please download the powerpoint and move through it in time with the audio.

The seminar will discuss what you think ‘corruption’ means today and in the past so please do the reading suggested on the first link above

3

Types of Corruption

Religious Conceptions of Corruption

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recording

The lecture will explore the correlation between anti-corruption and anti-popery and the long legacy of religious metaphors and motivations.

The seminar will examine the activities of Sir Stephen Proctor in the early seventeenth century.

4

 

Judicial Corruption

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lecture recording [ignore the reference to the seminar 'tomorrow' - obviously it depends when you listen to it!]

The lecture will explore the legal system, different types of corruption associated with the law and early Stuart corruption.

The seminar will consider the impeachment of Sir Francis Bacon, 1621.

Please make sure you have read the documents for the discussion - and don't forget to add media reports about corruption!

5

 

Social Corruption: Friends, Networks, Patrons and Gifts

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The lecture will explore issues of friendship; patronage; and gift-giving

The seminar will focus on the diary of Samuel Pepys

15 Credit first piece of work due - (date set by dept - see https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/students/modules/process/deadlinemap)

6

 

~ Reading Week: No Seminar ~

7

 

Political Corruption and the Politics of Corruption

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The lecture will set out different strands of political corruption, including party politics and the influence of the Crown and the political discourse of corruption

The seminar will focus on corrupt elections and the corruption of Parliament by the Crown, through a study of the later Stuart period.

1500 Word Textual Commentary due for 30 Credit students (date set by dept - see https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/students/modules/process/deadlinemap)

8

Imperial Corruption

The Early East India Company and Siam

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The lecture will explain the nature of commercial companies in the C17th.

The seminar will focus on the dispute between Elihu Yale and Samuel/George White in the late C17th; South Sea Bubble 1720

9

The Caribbean

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The lecture will explore colonisation of the West Indies and New England

The seminar will focus on the murder of Col Parke on Antigua in 1710 and the disputes in Barbados in the 1710s.

15 Credit option second piece of work due - (date set by dept - see https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/students/modules/process/deadlinemap)

10

Fiscal-Military State

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The lecture explains the concept of the fiscal-military state.

Seminar: Henry Lascelles in the West Indies; and Thomas Rumbold in India, in order to illustrate the issue of contracts and their brokers

   
 
~ Christmas Vacation ~
 
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India in the Era of Clive and Hastings

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The lecture will set out the expansion of British power in India in the second half of the eighteenth century and explore gift-giving in the British and Indian contexts.
The seminar will focus on the parliamentary attacks on Clive and the impeachment of Hastings 1786-1795.

 

Spring Term

2  

India after Hastings

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The lecture will examine the period from the 1790s to the end of the monopoly of the East India Company in 1833.
The seminar will focus on the reforms of Cornwallis and the investigation of Sir Edward Colebrooke in Delhi in 1829.

3

The
State and the Evolution of ‘Public Office’

Officeholding

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The lecture will explore how contemporaries understood officeholding and ‘the state’.

The seminar will examine the judgement against Charles Bembridge in 1783 that defined misconduct in a public official; explore the boundaries of who was an ‘officer’ and who held ‘public’ office; and the education necessary for a good colonial official.

4

 

The Sale of Office

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The lecture sets out the wider debate about venality, placing Britain in a European context.

The seminar explores scandals surrounding sale of office in domestic and imperial contexts in 1725, 1769 and 1809

5

 

Local Officeholding

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The lecture sets out the ways in which corruption was perceived to be a problem in localities as well as at the centre.

The seminar will examine the notorious magistrate Joseph Merceron, the ‘Boss’ of the East End in the early nineteenth century.

6

 

~ Reading Week: No Seminar ~

7

 

The State and Economics

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The lecture will explore ‘political economy’ and the rise of ‘liberal’, ‘laissez-faire’ economic thinking and utilitarianism.

The seminar will consider financial crises and the writings of political economists such as Bernard de Mandeville, Adam Smith and Mill.


3000 word essay due (date set by department: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/students/modules/process/deadlinemap)

8

Hunting Corruption

Sexual and Moral Corruption/Reform

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The lecture will consider waves of moral reform and their links with anti-corruption.

The seminar will focus on the 1809 scandal surrounding the Duke of York’s mistress, Mary Clarke.

9

Breach and Abuse of Trust

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The lecture explores why the language of trust emerged in the mid-seventeenth century.

The seminar explores the publications of the Levellers and how the notion of trust contains key ideas about integrity.

10

Accountability

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The lecture explores the notion of accountability and its history.

The seminar examines the role of the Commissions of Public Accounts from the 1780s onwards in identifying corruption and suggesting reform, and the impeachment of Lord Melville in 1806.

 

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~ Easter Vacation ~

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The Press and Corruption

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The lecture explores the printing revolution; how print could be used both to expose print and to vindicate those accused; and graphic satire

The seminar examines whistleblowers and the trials of William Hone in 1817

Summer Term

2

Conclusions

The ‘Age of Reform’?

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The lecture explores debate over the speed of reform and how far 1780 represents a turning point.

The seminar will examine the campaign for parliamentary reform and other reforms, domestic and imperial, undertaken in the 1830s.

3

There is no formal lecture or class this week but you might like to listen to an additional lecture which makes some summary and some further reading about what had been achieved by the 1850s

How much was reformed and how had it been achieved?

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3

Revision

No lecture.

The seminar will revise the module content ahead of the final summative assessment.

Optional practice exam answer due Thursday 5pm