The Cultural History of the Great War: Britain, France and Germany in Comparison - HI762

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 6 30 (15) DR S Goebel checkmark-circle


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.


Contact hours

Weekly two-hour seminars plus lectures and film screenings.

Method of assessment

100% coursework

Indicative reading

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' (3rd ed., 2014)
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)
WINTER, J AND BAGGETT, B - 'The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century' (1996)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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