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Modules

HIS2109 : European Civil War (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module explores the confrontation between Right and Left across Europe from the last decade of the nineteenth century to the end of World War II. Key to this module is the examination of the relationship between national tensions and international conflict in Europe. The course traces the relationship between the rise in social and economic tensions within the leading powers of Europe in the 1890s and the concurrent increase in nationalism and imperialism. The First World War and the Russian Revolution radically intensified such tensions and pushed the international system to breaking point. The growth of the labour movement and the emergence of fascism had important consequences for the international relations between states, as did the social and economic crises of the democratic countries in the 1930s. The course examines the relationship between the inter-war fascist powers and aggression and the crises in the liberal capitalist powers and appeasement. The Popular Front movement and the Spanish Civil War are treated as instances of the wider European civil war. The main focus in the Second World War period is the continuation of the struggle through collaboration and resistance. At the end of the war the discrediting of the Right by its association with appeasement or fascism created new opportunities for the Left until contained in the Cold War.

This module aims:
•To equip students with an understanding of political, social and cultural events that have shaped contemporary Europe.
•To encourage students to think about history comparatively, to draw parallels and contrasts between different European countries and to analyse how domestic factors affect international policies and vice versa.
•To provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

Original Summary:

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline syllabus, intended as a guide only; week-by-week topics may be slightly different to the following.


1.       Introduction: A fragmented continent
2.       The new working class movement.
3.       The Rise of the New right: Imperialism and nationalism
4.       The First World War: International dimensions
5.       The First World War: Domestic dimensions
6.       The Russian Revolution
7.       Revolutionary crises in Central Europe, 1918-1923
8.       Fascist Italy and the European dictatorships
9.       Nazi Germany
10.       Stalinism
11.       Appeasement: International relations in the 1930s
12.       The Soviet Union and the Popular Fronts
13.       The Spanish Civil War
14.       The Second World War: Redrawing the map of Europe
15.       The Second World War: Occupation, collaboration and resistance
16.       From European Civil War to the Cold War
17.       Revision

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion651:0065:0040% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading651:0065:0040% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study341:0034:0020% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire. They also stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.
Seminars provide students with an opportunity to participate in discussion and thus to improve their oral communication skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1351A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M252000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress. Submitted work tests knowledge outcomes and develops skills in research, reading and writing.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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