War, State and Society, c.1830-1871 - HIST6083

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Module delivery information

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This module will be based around study of warfare and revolution in Europe from 1830 through to the German Wars of Unification (1864-1870). En route, students will engage with mid-19th Century colonial campaigning, civil war in an Iberian context, the 1848 Year of Revolutions, the Crimean War and the Italian Wars of Unification as well. These conflicts will be examined through a series of themes: political management of war in the second half of the nineteenth century; the nature of generalship and command; the issues of logistics, communications and military medicine; the experiences of front-line troops; and the management and attitudes of home fronts.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 33
Private study hours: 267
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Seminar Paper 10 minutes 10%
Essay 1 3000 words 25%
Essay 2 3000 words 25%
Exam 2 hours 40%

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 advanced concepts of military history within a specific historical time period.
2 Interpret the role of political, economic, technological and cultural change in the history of war in this period.
3 Interpret the specifics of warfare on land and sea in the mid/late nineteenth century with greater skill.
4 Examine with increased sophistication the tactical and strategic considerations in warfare at this period in time.
5 Place these specific conflicts into their correct historical perspective and context.

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

1 Deconstruct problems in a logical and sequential manner.
2 Construct and communicated sophisticated responses to diverse audiences in a variety of ways.
3 Interpret statistical and numerical information accurately and be able to contextualise it against qualitative information.
4 Demonstrate the ability to work independently.
5 Demonstrate the ability to work with a variety of sources and to integrate them into their responses.


  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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