War 1450 to the Present (HISM427)
|Staff||Professor Jeremy Black - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||
Term 1: 11 weeks; |
In place of the dated War and Society approach, which now looks as passé and dated as the rest of the 'New Military History' of the period, this module offers state of the art conceptualisations of military history, approached both thematically and chronologically. It presents a context through which the standard issues if operational military history can be approached. This is an opportunity for students to experience how a subject develops.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. At the end of this module students should be able to handle concepts in military history.
- 2. Students should have an understanding of the processes by which the subject has developed, having taken part in debates at the cutting edge of fresh conceptualisations.
- 3. Students should have moved beyond the passé ideas of War and Society that fail to provide any explanation of development and change.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Students should demonstrate the ability to analyse and synthesise widely different types of historical material and evidence.
- 5. They should be able to identify and understand the nature of original sources.
- 6. Students should be able to research for themselves and present independent accounts and interpretations of different historical issues.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Capacity for independent critical study and thought.
- 8. The ability to apply key bibliographical skills (including the use of on-line finding aids).
- 9. Students should have the capacity to work as an individual and to work with a tutor and peers in an independent, constructive and responsive way (e.g. lead a group discussion or task).
1. War, problems and definition.
2. The nature of military change.
3. The technological dimension.
4. The organisational dimension.
5. The west versus the rest.
6. Civil wars.
7. Early modern warfare.
8. The impact of revolution, 1760-1815.
10 The twentieth century
11. The future of war.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Weekly 2-hour seminars|
|Guided independent study||278||Independent study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Individual Presentation||1 hour||1-7, 9|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||38||3,000 words||1-11||Written and oral|
|Essay||62||5,000 words||1-11||Written and oral|
|Written and oral|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
J.M.Black, Rethinking Military History (Routledge, 2004)
J. M. Black, War and the World, 1450-2000 (Yale UP, 1998)
J. M. Black, Why Wars Happen (Reaktion, 1998)
J. M. Black, War: Past, Present, Future (Sutton, 2000)
G. Parker, The Military Revolution (CUP, 1988)
W. H. McNeill, The Pursuit of Power (Blackwell, 1983
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