Blitzkrieg to Baghdad:armoured warfare in theory, practice and imagery 1916-2003 - HI770

Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2019-20.




Students on the BA(Hons) Military History programme will have priority for spaces on this module.



The module will explore the nature of the nature of armoured warfare. It will reveal how quickly advocates of these new machines developed theories of armoured warfare and how these were applied to the battlefield. It will show the supposed decline of the tank and heavy armour in the years since the collapse of the Communist Bloc, only to be given a new lease of life by the two Gulf Wars. The course will also look at the cultural ideas behind the tank, how it has seeped into the imagination as a symbol of modernity and change: for example, the crucial importance of tanks to images of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and to the Beijing protests of 1989.


Contact hours

Weekly one-hour lectures and two-hour seminars.

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by 60% examination 40% coursework.

Two essays of 6,000 words in total, one of which will be on the value of a particular source as a tool of interpretation.
Oral Participation Components.

In the summer term students will sit a two-hour examination paper.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

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