War and Diplomacy in Europe c.1850-2000 - HIST4370

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


Subjects to be covered will include: The Crimean War; The Franco-Prussian War and German unification; the origins of the First World War; the Treaty of Versailles; the League of Nations; the origins of the Second World War; the Cold War in Europe; the origins of the European Union; from détente in Europe to the fall of Communism.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Essay 2,000 words 20%
Primary Source Critique 1,000 words 20%
Seminar Performance 10%
Examination 2 hours 50%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Deploy knowledge and conceptual tools to understand and interpret European history in the late 19th and 20th centuries, especially in relation to the causes and consequences of wars, and key aspects of the diplomatic history of the continent.
2 Demonstrate their ability to discuss the issues that are raised in the module, and to present their work using a variety of methods. Through exposure to the different characteristics of different countries and regimes, students will gain an enhanced understanding of the diversity of human cultures.
3 Use and evaluate relevant primary sources relating to the military and diplomatic history of Europe in this period.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Deploy a range of intellectual and transferable skills, and will possess 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.
2 Show critical thought and independence of mind, the capacity to marshal subtle and sophisticated arguments, and the ability to challenge to received conclusions.
3 Present ideas more effectively using a variety of methods . They will also have learnt how to make good use of the relevant library resources and, where necessary, their word processing skills.
4 Demonstrate transferable skills in the following four areas: communication, improvement in learning, working with others and problem solving.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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