The Great War and History: Debates and Perspectives - HY21003
- Level 2
- 20 Credits
- Semester 1
- History - School of Humanities
- Coursework 100%
- Wednesday Evening Tutorial Available
This module uses the First World War as a case study of different approaches to the study of History.
Its main aims are:
- to provide a critical perspective on how different historical schools have approached the conflict from 1918 to the present,
- to explore how and why national cultures understand the war differently from one another,
- to examine global and transnational perspectives on the war, and
- to reflect critically on key debates about the conflict in light of the above aims.
Specific themes include:
- the development of Great War historiography since 1918;
- global and colonial contexts of the war;
- the economic, political, and cultural impacts;
- the frontline experience; the civilian experience;
- gender and medical histories of the conflict;
- bereavement and mourning;
- public histories, including official commemoration and popular media portrayals;
- local histories of the Great War;
Normally, satisfaction of Level 2 entry requirements for History
Plus other tutorial assistants.
The module will be taught by 22 one-hour lectures plus 11 one-hour tutorials over 11 weeks.
This module is assessed as follows:
- 1,000 word historiographical review (20%)
- 2,500 word essay (50%)
- 1,200 word document exercise (30%)
The following works are highly recommended as introductory overviews:
- John Keegan, The First World War (London, 1999).
- David Stevenson, 1914-1918: The History of the First World War (London, 2005).
- Hew Strachan, The First World War: A New History (London, 2006).