The Great War: A Comparative History: Context (HIH3411)
This module examines the Great War from cultural, social, economic and military perspectives. It will allow you to explore the conflict (and the conflicts which surrounded it – known as the ‘Greater War’) from different thematic and geographical approaches. You will move away from a British and Western-Front-centric approach to consider this as a truly global conflict. This module utilises a ‘total historiography’ to consider this ‘total war’. This comparative perspective plays a crucial role in this exercise allowing us to consider such questions as: Did the nations face variants on the same problem or substantially different problems? Were they pursuing similar strategies or fundamentally different ones? You will utilise a wide variety of sources including letters, diaries, official and military documents, films, posters, literature, poetry, and ephemera to explore the war from the perspectives of both decision-makers and the civilians and soldiers who lived through it. These will be drawn from different combatant nations and will be available in translation.