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Through a series of case studies we explore how war has transformed the modern world. Themes include imperialism and colonial wars, war and nationalism, genocide, and war and memory.
This paper examines the changing nature of warfare and its economic, political and cultural consequences in Western and non-Western societies during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We aim to understand why the period from about 1850 to 2000 was the most belligerent in human history.
|Paper title||War and the Modern World|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$913.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,073.40|
- One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
- Schedule C
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Highly Recommended: Charles Townshend, ed., The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern War(New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).
Roger Chickering et al., eds, The Cambridge History of War Volume 4: War and the Modern World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) eBook.
Additional sources will be made available to students via Blackboard.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy,
Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will gain
- An historical understanding of how and why warfare has shaped economic, political and cultural life in the modern world
- They will also learn how to engage critically with secondary literature and assess diverse historical interpretations