War and Peace in World History
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:
Students should have studied some History at Level 1 prior to doing this subject. They should have good written English and essay writing skills.
No special requirements
War is a central feature of human history. But why? War and Peace in World History 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 can be viewed purely in terms of military strategy and through the lens of advancing armies, it also has wider social, economic and cultural meanings that situate men and women as historical actors in the formation of cultures and societies and the construction of new world orders. By looking at the many situations in which wars have been fought across the world under the banner of political cause, national freedom, dynastic and religious crusade, we ponder the ways in which war is the arena in which national and imperial memory has been forged. Our travels will take us to Britain, India, Germany, the United States of America, South Africa, Japan, Algeria, Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia to look at the role of war in the construction of historical memory. We also pay particular attention to the experiences of women in war, to the colonial context of much international conflict and to the moral questions that arise from notions such as winning and losing.
- Preliminary Research Exercise (15%)
- Research Essay (35%)
- Online Discussion (20%)
- Unit Overview Task (30%)