Introduction to Military History (Part1) - HI423

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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4 30 (15) PROF M Connelly







This module opens with a study of the historiography of military history in order to determine the factors which have shaped the modern nature of military history as an academic discipline. From this point, the module goes on to look at the macro/strategic factors that have shaped the military experience and the waging of war including the impact of technology and the economic demands of war. The final part of the module is a series of case studies looking at the relationship between armed forces, politicians and their parent societies in order to determine the extent to which armed forces are reflections of their parent nations.

This module is a vital pathway to Introduction to Military (Part 2). Although the two are designed to be taken together, it is possible to study one alone.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

This module will be taught through one 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour seminar each week, with the exception of Enhancement Week and one week that will be dedicated to coursework feedback.

Method of assessment

This module is assessed by:

- Essay 1 (1,500 words) - 30%
- Essay 2 (1,500 words) - 30%
- Presentation (15-minutes) 20%
- In-class essay (50-minutes) - 20%

Indicative reading

GAT, A, 'A History of Military Thought
HOWARD, M 'Warfare in European History'
PARET, P (ed), 'The Makers of Modern Strategy'
STRACHAN, H 'European Armies and the Conduct of War'
BLACK, J, 'Rethinking Military History'

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:

- Students will gain the knowledge and conceptual tools to understand and interpret key aspects of military history. Students will obtain a knowledge of the historiographical debates surrounding these issues covered in the module.
- Students will develop the ability to discuss issues that are raised in the module, and to present their work in written and oral form. Through exposure to the distinctive nature of nineteenth century culture, students will gain an enhanced understanding of the diversity of human societies.
- Students will learn to use and evaluate relevant primary sources relating to political, military, economic, social and cultural history. Through a diversity of sources, students will be exposed to a variety of outlooks and learn about the importance of using diversity of sources

The intended generic learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:

- Through this course students will develop a range of intellectual and transferable skills, and acquire certain kinds of understanding. They will come to understand the problems that are inherent in the historical record and the limits within which interpretation is possible.
- They will develop critical thought and independence of mind, the capacity to deploy arguments, and the ability to challenge received opinions and conclusions.
- Students will improve their essay and oral presentation skills. They will also learn how to make good use of the relevant library resources and, where necessary, IT skills.
- Students will gain transferable skills in the following four areas: communication, group working, problem solving, improved learning and plans for improved learned.

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