The Nature of Command - HI787

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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6 30 (15) DR T Bowman







The course will provide students with a historical understanding of command at a variety of levels by looking at various types of battle scenarios, both strategic and tactical. The course will take an international perspective and explore the changing nature of command across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Seminars will focus on case-studies of a range of conflicts and commanders. Conflicts covered will include the two World Wars, Malaya, Korea and Kosovo; in addition there will be in-depth investigation of the command styles of Haig, Montgomery and Patton.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Weekly one-hour lectures and two-hour seminars.

Method of assessment

100 % coursework consisting of:
One essay of 2,500 words (25%)
One essay of 4,500 word (45%)
In-class test (15%)
Class presentation – 15 minutes - (15%)

Indicative reading

Bass, Bernard, Transformational Leadership: Industrial, Military, and Educational Impact.
Bennis, W. G., Leadership theory and administrative behavior
Keegan, John, The History of Warfare
Strachan, Hew, The Politics of the British Army
van Creveld, Martin, Command in War

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

In taking this module you are expected to reveal, and improve through preparation for seminars, participation for class debate and researching and writing essays, the following skills:
1) The ability to research independently and produce coherent, well-argued essays
2) The ability to research independently in order to produce coherent, well-argued class presentations
3) The ability to summarise complex historical information in short summaries
4) The ability to master historiographical debate

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