Critical Approaches to War, State and Society (HISM020)

30 credits

This module introduces you to the main approaches historians have taken to studying the causes and consequences of societal conflict at the communal, national and transnational levels. They will be introduced to major themes in the study of war, state and society, assessing the role of the international system and political economy as well as regional factors and internal societal pressures in shaping societal responses to domestic and foreign conflict. Students will explore the role of wars, civil wars, revolutions, insurgencies and violence in promoting or inhibiting social and political change, as well as considering the roles of civilians, groups and parties. The module draws on the expertise of staff in the Centre for War, State and Society and may range across Britain, Europe, Africa, Asia, and beyond depending on the interests of the teaching team and the students.