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HIS8053 : Conflict in European History: Case Studies

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Daniel Siemens
  • Lecturer: Professor Violetta Hionidou, Dr Robert Dale, Dr Anton Caruana Galizia, Dr Luc Racaut, Dr Simon Mills
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 in Europe from the early modern period until the present. 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 module aims to provide students with a methodological framework for understanding conflict in European history form the end of the sixteenth century to the twenty-first century. It does so by introducing some fundamental events and themes in the history of conflict in Europe. They will be able to investigate national and regional histories. The module will also help the students begin independent research and to acquire a thorough knowledge of specific case studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

May include some of the following:

The Thirty Years' War
Piracy and Captivity in the Early Modern Mediterranean
The European Revolutions of 1848/49
Occupation, Famine and everyday life in Greece, 1941-44
The Greek Civil War and its memory
The Russo-Ukrainian War, and Vladimir Putin's use and abuse of history in the past conflict

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities221:0022:00N/A
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. They 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
Essay2A100Extended essay of 3600 words, incl. footnotes but excl. bibliography
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MPreparation of an essay plan, approximately 400 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

Reading Lists