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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title War and the Modern World
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Associate Professor John Stenhouse -

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator: Associate Professor John Stenhouse


    Associate Professor Miranda Johnson

    Professor Takashi Shogimen

    Associate Professor John Stenhouse


    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.

    Course outline

    Available 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.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 30, 32-33, 38-39
    A2 Monday 16:00-16:50 30, 32-33, 38-39
    A3 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 30, 32-33, 38-39
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