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HIS8052 : Conflict in European History

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Luc Racaut
  • Lecturer: Dr Felix Schulz, Dr Matt Perry
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module will explore the study of the impact of conflicts, such as military, social (public and private) conflicts, or political struggle, on national cultures. Wars constitute a structural element in the history of the Europeans and of their conflicting views of national identities. Wars and revolutions have produced rapid and radical transformation in the subjects affected by them - be they individual or collective, social or institutional. The subjects taught will not be restricted to political and military history but to the history of culture and mentality as well: the ways in which conflicts have been prepared, imagined, lived, represented, remembered and narrated.

This compulsory module will aim to provide the students with a methodological framework for understanding conflict in European history form the end of the sixteenth century to the twentieth century. It does so by introducing some fundamental events and themes in the history of conflict in Europe.

Outline Of Syllabus

Will include some of the following:

The ‘Martyrs of Córdoba’
Piracy and Captivity in the Early Modern Mediterranean
The Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna
The Revolutions of 1848-49 and their Interpretations
Street Fighting in Inter-war Central Europe
Anarchism in Spain, 1931-39
The Second World War: Occupation and Collaboration
Antimilitarism and Mutinies in Interwar France
Political Violence in Germany, 1968-77
Assessment Workshop

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion681:0068:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading331:0033:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities221:0022:00guided learning to accompany each weekly session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00PiP teaching
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study551:0055:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability. Seminars encourage students to share ideas and information and develop a sense of common identity as historians before they undertake individual and more specialised advanced research projects.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A100Extended essay of 4,000 words, incl. footnotes but excl. bibliography
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing. Seminar attendance encourages participation and preparation.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. Where an exam is present, an alternative form of assessment will be set and where coursework is present, an alternative deadline will be set. Details of the alternative assessment will be provided by the module leader.

Reading Lists