War and Diplomacy in Europe c1850-2000 - HIST4370

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Gaynor Johnson checkmark-circle


Subjects to be covered will include: The Crimean War; The Franco-Prussian War and German unification; the origins of the First World War; the Treaty of Versailles; the League of Nations; the origins of the Second World War; the Cold War in Europe; the origins of the European Union; from détente in Europe to the fall of Communism.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Essay 1 1,500 words 20%
Essay 2 1,500 words 20%
Seminar Performance 10%
Examination 2-hours 50%

Reassessment methods:
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Baumgart, W., The Crimean War
Crockatt, Richard, The Fifty Year War
Joll, J., Europe Since 1870
Judt, T., Postwar: a History of Europe since 1945
Lieven D., Russia and the Origins of the First World War
Macmillan, Margaret, Paris 1919
Mazower, Mark, Dark Continent
Roberts, J. Europe: 1880-1945
Steiner, Zara, The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933
Thomson, David, Europe since Napoleon

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Students will gain the knowledge and conceptual tools to understand and interpret European history in the late 19th and 20th centuries, especially in relation to the causes and consequences of wars, and key aspects of the diplomatic history of the continent. Students will obtain a knowledge of the most important relevant episodes of the history of the period, and some of the historiographical debates surrounding the subject.
2 Students will develop their ability to discuss the issues that are raised in the module, and to present their work in written and oral form. Through exposure to the different characteristics of different countries and regimes, students will gain an enhanced understanding of the diversity of human cultures.
3 Students will learn to use and evaluate relevant primary sources relating to the military and diplomatic history of Europe in this period. Through a diversity of sources, students will be exposed to a variety of outlooks and learn about the importance of using a diversity of sources in their research into the past.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Through this course, students will develop a range of intellectual and transferable skills, and acquire certain kinds of understanding. They will come to understand the problems that are inherent in the historical record and the limits within which interpretation is possible.
2 Students will develop critical thought and independence of mind, the capacity to marshal subtle and sophisticated arguments, and the ability to challenge to received conclusions.
3 Students will improve their essay writing and oral presentation skills. They will also learn how to make good use of the relevant library resources and, where necessary, their word processing skills.
4 Students will gain transferable skills in the following four areas: communication, improvement in learning, working with others and problem solving.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage 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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