Making War Modern: From Revolutionary Soldier to Peacekeeper
Research the effects the two world wars had on men, women and children. Contemplate wars fought in the name of religion, political causes and rebellion. Endeavour to understand how times of war and peace are shaped by cultural and historical factors.
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At the completion of this subject students will have:
- a schematic knowledge of major conflicts and efforts to make peace in modern history
- an understanding of how empirical research and methodological debate has expanded and challenged existing historiography.
- the ability to locate, identify, read and analyse original documents from a variety of sources and perspectives with some guidance; to summarise, transcribe and catalogue information as appropriate.
- the ability to critically evaluate the arguments of other historians (both theoretically and empirically).
- an ability to locate, identify, read and analyze existing historical research with some guidance
- understand the ways in which war and peace are experienced differently (according to gender, race, class, sexuality and historical location)
- an ability to consider how practices of remembrance are shaped by political contexts
- Introduction - Historical Contingency, War and Peace
- The Military Revolution, Peace and Religious Dissent
- Nation Peace and War in the 18th Century
- Nation Peace and War in the 19th Century
- Imperial Conflicts and Rebellion
- WWI and the Invitation to Manliness
- The Affects of WWI
- WWII and Women
- Cold and Hot War
- Anti-colonial wars
- Reading Week
- Peacekeeping and Peacemaking
- Conclusion - Insecurity, Terror and the Language of War
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-MHIX211-War and Peace in World History
Students should have studied some History at Level 1 prior to doing this subject. They should have good written English and essay writing skills.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as MHIX211 - War and Peace in World History.
War is a central feature of human history. But why? This unit looks at the ways in which issues of war and peace are shaped by specific cultural and historical conditions that can only be understood in a broader international context. While war is often viewed purely in terms of military strategy, it also always depends on social, economic and cultural contexts for its meaning and practice. This unit explores the changing relationships over time, between understandings, practices and experiences of war. It also examines the practice of peace-making - how have societies and cultures sought to create peace? What might a history of peace-making look like? Our travels will take us from Ancient Greece and Rome through to the 'war on terror'. In between, we explore the early modern world, colonial empires, South Africa, the United States, Japan, Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia. This unit offers an opportunity to consider the centrality of war to human history (and the social and cultural ramifications of this) as well as providing a solid grounding in the discipline of world history.
- Preliminary Research Exercise (15%)
- Research Essay (35%)
- Online Discussion (20%)
- Unit Overview Task (30%)
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