War, State and Society, c.1830-1871 - HIST6084

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This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.


This module will be based around study of the German Wars of Unification (1864-1870) and the American Civil War. Both sets of 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: 30
Total private study hours: 270
Total module study hours: 300

Method of assessment

60% coursework/40% exam

1 seminar paper - 10% of final mark
2 essays (3000 words each) - 25% each of final mark
1 two hour examination paper in the summer term - 40% of final mark

Indicative reading

Stig Forster and Jorge Nagler (eds.), On the road to total war: the American Civil War and German wars of unification, 1861-1871 (New York: CUP and German Historical Institute, 1997)
Susan-Mary Grant and Brian Holden-Reid (eds), Themes of the American Civil War (London: Routledge, 2009)
Susan-Mary Grant, War for a nation: the American Civil War (London: Routledge, 2006)
Michael Howard, The Franco-Prussian War: the German invasion of France, 1870 (London: Hart Davis, 1961)
John Keegan, The American Civil War (London: Hutchinson, 2009)
James M. McPherson, The Battle Cry of Freedom (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1989)
Ethan S. Rafuse (ed.), American Civil War (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005)
Dennis Showalter, The Wars of German Unification (London: Hodder, 2004)
Dennis Showalter, Railroads and rifles: soldiers, technology and the unification of Germany (Hamden, CT: 1976)
Geoffrey Wawro, The Austro-Prussian War: Austria's war with Prussia and Italy, 1866 (Cambridge: CUP, 1996)
Geoffrey Wawro, The Franco-Prussian War (Cambridge: CUP, 2003)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)


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