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HIST329 War and Peace in Medieval Europe

The ideas of just/holy war, peace and peace-making in medieval Europe (c.1050-c.1450) in political, religious, military and intellectual contexts.

While the paper explores the major historiographical debates in the field and evaluates conflicting historical interpretations, it will investigate the diversity, complexity and paradoxes of the ideas of war and peace in medieval Europe. The topics we shall discuss include St Augustine's ideas of just war and peace; the Crusading Movements and their ideological underpinnings; scholastic conceptions of violence and war; the emergence of pacifist impulse in the 14th century; the Hundred Years' War and the making of international law; and the comparison between medieval Christianity and Islam on religious toleration.

Paper title War and Peace in Medieval Europe
Paper code HIST329
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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18 200-level HIST, ARTH or ARTV points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Teaching staff

Professor Takashi Shogimen

Course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will:
  • Gain a historical understanding of how the ideas of war and peace were shaped and deployed for a variety of political purposes
  • Learn how to engage critically with secondary literature and assess diverse interpretations in intellectual history from interdisciplinary perspectives

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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