The Great War and History: Debates and Perspectives - HY21003

Quick Facts

  • Level 2
  • 20 Credits
  • Semester 1
  • History - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • Wednesday Evening Tutorial Available

Module Details

This module uses the First World War as a case study of different approaches to the study of History. 

Its main aims are:

  1. to provide a critical perspective on how different historical schools have approached the conflict from 1918 to the present,
  2. to explore how and why national cultures understand the war differently from one another,
  3. to examine global and transnational perspectives on the war, and
  4. 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;
  • legacies.


Normally, satisfaction of Level 2 entry requirements for History


Dr Nandini Bhattacharya

Teaching staff

Dr Nandini Bhattacharya

Dr Murray Frame

Dr Matthew Graham

Dr Anja Johansen

Dr John Regan

Dr Keith Williams

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).

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