The Cultural History of the Great War: Britain, France and Germany in Comparison - HI761

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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5 30 (15)







The history of the Great War is a subject of perennial fascination, for this war left its imprint on British/European society to an extent almost unparalleled in modern history. No previous war matched it in scale and brutality. The military history and the course of events have been told many times. This course, by contrast, focuses on the social and cultural upheavals of the Great War. The aim is to move beyond narrow military history and examine the war's socio-cultural impact on British and European societies. Furthermore, it hopes to overcome historians' fixation with national histories. The First World War was, by definition, a transnational event and this course will fully explore the comparative method.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour seminar each week.

Method of assessment

100% coursework.

Indicative reading

WINTER, J AND BAGGETT, B - 'The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century' (1996)
AUDOIN-ROUZEAU, S and BECKER, A - '1914-1918. Understanding the Great War' (2002)
BECKETT, IW - 'The Great War 1914-1918' (2001)
CHICKERING, R - 'Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914-1918' (2nd ed., 2004)
DEGROOT, GJ., - 'Blighty. British Society in the Era of the Great War' (1996)
FERGUSON, N - 'The Pity of War' (1998)
SMITH, LV. AUDOIN-ROUZEAU, S. and BECKER, A. - 'France and the Great War, 1914-1918' (2003)
GREGORY, A - 'The Last Great War. British Society and the First World War' (2008)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

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