2017/8 - HIS-4001A INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL HISTORY Autumn Semester, Level 4 module (Maximum 280 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Professor Stephen Church MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:D2,E1,U This module is designed to provide an introduction to medieval history both for first year historians and students from other schools. It surveys the history of medieval Europe, including England, from c.1000 to c1300, and also examines some archaeology, literature, art, and architecture from the period. The module also aims to introduce students to a range of primary sources, including some of the physical remains to be found in East Anglia. 2017/8 - HIS-4002A INTRODUCTION TO EARLY MODERN STUDIES Autumn Semester, Level 4 module (Maximum 250 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Joel Halcomb MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:D5,E3,U This module introduces key themes in early modern history: witchcraft, gender, rebellion, religious conflict, the reformation, warfare, state formation and other key aspects of the period 1500-1750. 2017/8 - HIS-4003A INTRODUCTION TO MODERN HISTORY Autumn Semester, Level 4 module (Maximum 360 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Geoffrey Hicks MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:B4,A5,U This module provides a wide-ranging introduction to the political, social and economic transformation of Britain and Europe from the late eighteenth century to the First World War. Among the themes it considers are industrialisation and its impact; revolution and reform; nationalism and imperialism; gender and society; great power relations; the impact of war and the collapse of the old Europe in 1917-18. 2017/8 - HIS-5002A THE ORIGINS OF THE ENGLISH LANDSCAPE 4000BC TO 1066AD Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Professor Robert Liddiard MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:C2,D9,U This module will examine the development of the English landscape from early prehistoric times to the late Saxon period. We will examine the field archaeology of the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages, discuss the landscapes of Roman Britain, and assess the nature of the Roman/Saxon transition. We will then investigate the development of territorial organisation, field systems and settlement patterns during the Saxon and early medieval periods. The module provides an introduction to the theory and methods of landscape archaeology, as well as giving a broad overview of the development of society, economy and landscape in the period up to c.1100. 2017/8 - HIS-5005A ANGLO-SAXON ENGLAND, C. 500-1066 Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Tom Licence MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:A4,A8, A6/A7 This module surveys the history of the English from their arrival in Britain in the fifth century until the end of the eleventh century and the conquest of England by the Normans. We shall cover topics such as the conversion of the English in the seventh century; the domination of England by Mercia in the eighth century; the Viking invasions and the reign of Alfred the Great; the emergence of Wessex as the dominant force in Britain in the tenth century; the conquest of England by the Danes in the eleventh century; and the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. 2017/8 - HIS-5011A THE RISE AND FALL OF BRITISH POWER Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Geoffrey Hicks MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:C5,D4,C6/C7/C8 This module examines Britain's expansion and decline as a great power, from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the 1950s. It considers the foundations of British power, the emergence of rivals, Britain's relationship with the European powers and the USA, and the impact of two World Wars and Cold War. It investigates the reasons for Britain's changing fortunes, as it moved from guarding the balance of power to losing its empire. 2017/8 - HIS-5018A MODERN GERMANY, 1914-1990 Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Jan Vermeiren MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:E1*,D9,U This module introduces students to German history in the twentieth century which was characterised by various radical regime changes and territorial alterations. Topics include German world policy and nationalism in the late imperial period; imperialism and expansionism during the First World War; the challenges of modernity in the Weimar Republic; the rise of Hitler and the formation of the Nazi empire in Europe; the post-war division of Germany and the legacy of the Third Reich; the nature of the GDR dictatorship and the problem of West German terrorism; as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification. Special attention will be given to questions of nationalism and national identity, issues of history and memory, and Germany’s role in Europe and the world. On completion of this unit, students will have developed a solid understanding of one of the most dramatic periods of German history when the country oscillated between the two extremes of war and repression, on the one hand, and the return to peace and democracy, on the other. 2017/8 - HIS-5019A IMPERIAL RUSSIAN AND SOVIET HISTORY, 1861-1945 Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Professor Peter Waldron MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:B1,C3,U This module examines some of the main themes in Russian history between the Emancipation of the Serfs and the outbreak of the Second World War. We will look at the nature of industrialisation and the peasant economy, the autocracy and its fall in 1917, the revolutionary movement and the nationalities question. We will then examine how the Revolution of 1917 changed the state and the ways in which the Communists attempted to change society before 1929. We conclude by examining the country during the era of the five year plans and the impact of the Stalinist system on the Soviet Union before the outbreak of world war. 2017/8 - HIS-5025A REFORMATION TO REVOLUTION Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Emily Cockayne MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:C7, C8*A9/D8*B9 This module examines three centuries of European history connecting two unprecedented revolutionary epochs: the Reformation of the sixteenth century and the American and French revolutions at the end of the early modern era. We will look at key themes and movements in these centuries, including the politics of the Reformation; the Mediterranean work of the Ottomans and Habsburg Spain; the Dutch Golden Age; the great political and religious struggles of the seventeenth century, including wars in the British Isles, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Baltic; the Russia of the Romanov czars and Peter the Great; the growth of centralised states and absolutism in France, Prussia and Austria; the Enlightenment; the rise of the Atlantic economies; and the challenge to the Old Regime from revolutionary politics. 2017/8 - HIS-5026A HERITAGE AND PUBLIC HISTORY Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Jon Gregory MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework and Project Timetable Slot:A2,D3*C4/B6*B7 This module explores the theory and practice of public history and the meaning and importance of heritage. It looks at the ways in which history is presented in the public sphere, in museums and galleries, at heritage sites and historic buildings, in the media and online. The module considers questions such as, how is the past used? How do we balance academic approaches with the need to engage an audience? What are the links between heritage and national identity? How can authenticity be achieved? Who ‘owns’ historic sites? The module will include visits to a variety of heritage sites. 2017/8 - HIS-5042A EARLY MEDIEVAL EUROPE: WARRIORS, SAINTS AND RULERS Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Hugh Doherty MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:B2,D4, C6/C7 This course explores the experiences and fortunes of the peoples of the western peninsula of Eurasia between the rule of the Emperor Constantine I in the 330s and the call to crusade in the 1090s. At the beginning of the period the lands centred on the Mediterranean and much of its hinterland were situated within the Roman empire. Yet, within three hundred years, this empire had disintegrated and been replaced by a number of successor states, ruled by competing dynasties. These states included Visigothic Hispania, Vandal Africa, and Merovingian Francia. Another—in fact, the longest lived of all the successor states—was the eastern empire centred on Constantinople, long known to historians as ‘the Byzantine empire’. By the close of the seventh century, many of these states had themselves been conquered by Arabic and African warriors committed to the new religion of Islam and been incorporated in the Caliphate centred on the city of Damascus—an empire which easily rivalled the might, spread, and power of Rome before its own collapse and fission in circa 1000. What Islamic rulers could do, so too could Christian ones. In 800 the son of a Frankish usurper, Charlemagne, was crowned emperor of the West. The actions and ambitions of this emperor were as formative and as formidable in the history of ninth and tenth century Europe as those of Napoleon in the eighteenth and nineteenth. The heirs and successors of Charlemagne—whether Frankish, Ottonian, or Scandinavian—were long compelled to negotiate his legacy and memory. By the eleventh century even the Roman pontiffs, now advancing a new programme of reform and renewal, were looking to situate themselves in relation to his Salian successors. The summons to liberate Jerusalem and rescue the Greek empire in the east, carefully tailored to the aspirations of the new élites of Francia and Catalonia, was perhaps the most explosive strategy advanced by these Roman pontiffs. This course is thus broad in chronological scope, covering more than eight hundred years, and extensive in geographical range, taking us from the Atlantic to the Euphrates, from the Atlas mountains to the North Sea. In the course of this journey we will meet many warriors, saints, and rulers, both female and male. 2017/8 - HIS-5045A THE FIRST BRITISH EMPIRE Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Professor Geoffrey Plank MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:C6,D1*D2/A5*A6 Between the sixteenth and the early nineteenth centuries, the English crossed the oceans and claimed territory on every continent other than Antarctica. This module surveys the creation and growth of British Empire, examining its origins and its impact on an array of peoples. In the context of studying how the empire spread and functioned, we will consider the varied experiences of Africans, Native Americans, Aboriginal Australians, Protestant refugees from the continent of Europe, the peoples of India, the Irish, and British settlers across the globe. The complex, intimate, and often violent interactions of these groups led to ideological battles pitting loyalism against republicanism, for example, and imperial “civilization” against an array of indigenous cultural revivals. At first glance these struggles may seem to place the British against the subject peoples of their empire, but on closer examination it becomes apparent that they fractured nearly every population within the imperial domains. The creative energy of the British Empire stemmed in large part from collaborations between British groups and individuals and segments of their purported imperial subjects in building, reforming, or in some cases seeking to destroy the structures of imperialism 2017/8 - HIS-5059A FRANCE FROM THE ENLIGHTENMENT TO THE BELLE ÉPOQUE Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr David Gilks MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:C4, B6*B7/C8*A9 This module will introduce you to an eventful period of history during which France exercised a preponderant role over European affairs and culture. The module will provide you with the essential background knowledge of political events, revolutions and wars but it will also encourage you to explore deeper social and cultural trends. In the first weeks we will reconsider ‘Old regime’ France, drawing attention to its dynamism and cultural richness before turning to the crises that discredited Bourbon absolutism. In subsequent weeks we will focus on the Revolutionary-Napoleonic epoch: our endeavour here will be to explain why the Revolution was revolutionary in theory, violent in practice and dictatorial in consequence. We will then reflect on the Restoration. Using extracts from Hugo’s Les Misérables as our starting point, we will look at how rapid industrialization generated social tensions that successive ministries tried to diffuse through repression and reform. Next, we will look at the France of the Second Republic and Second Empire; our focus here will be Napoleon III’s modernization initiatives and dramatic remodelling of Paris. Finally, we will approach the history of the Third Republic between 1870 and 1914 from three angles: its success in making the populace feel French; science, art and culture; and its nationalistic foreign-policy, which contributed toward undermining the general European peace. The seminars for this module will provide us with an opportunity to analyse and discuss in depth an eclectic range of primary sources, including textual documents (in English translation) ranging from constitutions to period fictional writings, maps, advertisements, artwork, extant material and architectural evidence, and music. 2017/8 - HIS-5064A WOMEN, POWER, AND POLITICS (I): ISABEL OF CASTILE TO MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Silvia Evangelisti MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:D7,D2*A3/E1*E2 This module examines the issue of gender in European history, between 1500 and 1750. Using a variety of written and visual sources, and including a comparative element, it focuses on the following themes: definitions of femininity and masculinity; life-cycles; family, kinship, and marriage; social exclusion, charity and the welfare state; law, crime, and order; witchcraft and magic; honour, sex, and sexual identities; work; learning and the arts; material culture; the impact of European expansions. 2017/8 - HIS-5065A BETWEEN EAST AND WEST: INTERNATIONAL HISTORY SINCE 1890 Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Jayne Gifford MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:D7, U The beginning of the twentieth century witnessed a period of immense instability and change with the emergence of the United States as an international actor in the West and the Japanese break from the Chinese sphere of influence in the East. This was underpinned by technological developments, the expansion of global empires, extreme economic dislocation and two global wars. This module will examine the conduct and content of the foreign policies of the major powers from the 1890s, with the Sino-Japanese War and the SpanishAmerican War, to the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. The module will assess the interplay of the political, military, economic, strategic and cultural forces that shaped the beginning of the twentieth century and which continue to resonate in the contemporary world. 2017/8 - HIS-5066A JAPAN IN MODERN TIMES Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Nadine Willems MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:B4,E3, A5/A6/A7/A8 In just a few decades Japan emerged from its feudal and isolationist condition and became a thriving capitalist nation-state with imperialist ambitions on the world’s stage. From the midnineteenth century onwards, the country re-invented itself, combining the strength of its traditions with Western models of government, economic management, social structure and culture. Samurai gave way to elite bureaucrats; a skilled industrial workforce gradually displaced the peasantry; education expanded with remarkable speed; new infrastructure transformed the physical landscape. New patterns of daily life, social tensions and cultural aspirations accompanied these changes. The aggressive expansionist policy and authoritarianism of the 1930s precipitated the country into a war with devastating consequences, only for Japan to resurrect itself as a global industrial power and stable democracy in the post-war era. This module examines this process of transformation from circa 1850, when Western powers pressured Japan into opening to international trade, to the oil shock of the 1970s that brought an end to Japan’s high growth phase. Students will pay attention to the intellectual and cultural trends that informed Japan’s development. They will investigate concepts such as revolution, national identity, civilizational discourse, late imperialism, and historical memory. They will also explore social and economic change as reflected in lived experience, for example in farms and villages at the turn of the century; on the home front during the Russo-Japanese War; in bustling cities during the Taisho era; in colonial outposts before and during the Pacific War; and in occupied Japan afterwards. 2017/8 - HIS-5067A TUDOR ENGLAND Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Jessica Sharkey MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:D7,D2,U The Tudors are England’s most famous royal dynasty. This module seeks to move beyond the traditional stories of Henry’s turbulent marriages and Elizabeth’s stunning victory over the Spanish Armada. The module aims to give students a better understanding of the change and turmoil the Tudor century caused, not just to the monarchs themselves but to the lives of their subjects, the everyday people of England. Beyond establishing a strong chronological knowledge of the sixteenth century and its religious upheavals, the module will consider issues of gender; the changing construction of the social order; the importance and developing role of local elites; problems caused by poverty and dearth; and the position of England within Britain itself and within Europe. 2017/8 - HIS-5068A HISTORY OF MODERN ITALY Autumn Semester, Level 5 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 20 Organiser: Dr Matthew D'Auria MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:C1, C3*D4/U Since the unification of the states of the Italian peninsula, the history of modern Italy has been the subject of intense historical debate. Modern Italy has often been cast as a ‘weak’ state and ‘fragile’ nation, riven by particularism and by competing secular and religious ideologies, ‘economically backward’, less successful than its national neighbours, and ‘the least of the Great Powers’. More recent historiography has sought to challenge or modify these perceptions in a number of ways, and this course examines modern Italian history from unification to present day, in the light of these ongoing historiographical debates. a) Italian nationalism, the process of Italian unification and the attempts to create national unity after 1870; b) the relationship between socio-economic change and political development in Liberal Italy; c) the impact of the First World War on Italian society and politics; e) the nature of the Fascist regime and its impact on Italian society; f) the radicalisation of the regime, its racial policies and the quest for Empire; g) Italy’s role in World War II, the reasons for the collapse of the Fascist regime, and the emergence of civil war. h) Italian history since 1945. 2017/8 - HIS-6023A YOUTH IN MODERN EUROPE Autumn Semester, Level 6 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 30 Organiser: Dr Matthias Neumann MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:C7C8A9 The importance of youth as a driving force for social change has been recognised by many historians. Young people were often at the forefront wherever revolutions took place, wars were fought and tensions in society erupted. However, the historical study of youth is still a relatively young discipline. The module uses ‘youth’ as a prism to study key themes in 20th century European history, such as the experience of war, life under dictatorship and the longue durée of social change. We shall examine the diverse experience of youth in Western and Eastern Europe during war and peace times, including the Communist and Nazi statesponsored youth systems, and also the way in which generational experience and conflicts became underlying forces for social and political change. The module employs a strong comparative approach and countries studied include France, Britain, the Soviet Union, West and East Germany, Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. The seminars will be accompanied by several film screenings. 2017/8 - HIS-6026A VICTORIAN UNDERWORLDS Autumn Semester, Level 6 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 30 Organiser: Professor Emma Griffin MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:A1*A2*D3 This module introduces students to the darker side of life in Victorian Britain. Though this was undoubtedly a period of economic prosperity, not everyone shared in the gains. In this module we shall look at those who, for reasons of poverty or ‘deviance’ were confined to the margins. Topics will include the poor, the criminal and insane, prostitution, drink, childworkers, the workhouse, the London Irish, homosexuality and the Oscar Wilde case. By looking at the margins and the misfits, we will seek to gain a deeper understanding of British society in the nineteenth century. 2017/8 - HIS-6078A ROBIN HOOD: THE MEDIEVAL OUTLAW IN HISTORY AND LEGEND Autumn Semester, Level 6 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 30 Organiser: Professor Stephen Church MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:C1C2C3 The English medieval kingdom was extremely hierarchical. It was a society in which resistance to authority by the vast majority of society was discouraged by the widespread use of mutilation and execution. Yet it was also a society which applauded that resistance. All sorts of levels of society, from the highest in the land (such as the king’s sons) to the lowest, indulged in rebellion, but it was the outlaw who captured the popular imagination. Encapsulated in the tales of Robin Hood, the outlaw is loyal, courageous, as well as being clever enough to outsmart the authorities. And the authorities, of course, are disloyal, stupid, and cowardly and use the cover of the law to behave corruptly. And so long as the outlaw commits his crimes for a noble purpose, he remains a hero of the people. The unit will examine the wider subject of resistance to royal authority by men who become outlaws and their portrayal in popular legend from the Norman Conquest of England to the modern age with its focus being the outlaw, for whom the name Robin Hood has become an archetype, as, indeed, it did in the later middle ages, as outlaws took on the name pseudonym for their own criminal activities. 2017/8 - HIS-6080A THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, 1789-1804 Autumn Semester, Level 6 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 30 Organiser: Dr David Gilks MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:A6*A7*A8 The French Revolution destroyed age-old cultural, institutional and social structures in France and beyond. But, in their attempt to regenerate mankind, the revolutionaries were creative as well as destructive. They created a new political culture with far-reaching implications. This module will provide an opportunity to study different aspects of the Revolution in depth. You will become familiar with the key political turning points and political personalities of the revolutionary decade. But a great part of the module will be devoted to exploring the artistic, cultural and intellectual dimensions of this eventful period. 2017/8 - HIS-6081A SLAVERY IN THE EARLY MODERN ATLANTIC WORLD Autumn Semester, Level 6 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 30 Organiser: Professor Geoffrey Plank MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:E1*E2*E3 This module begins by surveying African, Native American and European labour regimes in the fifteenth century in order to establish a foundation for studying the transformations that followed European imperial expansion and the inauguration of the transatlantic slave trade. We will examine the process of enslavement in Africa, North America, and the Mediterranean; the ransom, exchange and sale of captives; and the development of slave markets in the European colonies in the Americas. We will study childhood and family life in various enslaved communities; the material lives of slaves; and the rise of distinct cultures within the African diaspora. We will compare the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French and British Empires with regard to the practice of slavery. We will also trace patterns of slave resistance, escapes, rebellions, and the creation of maroon communities. The semester will end with an examination of the tangled international politics surrounding the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and the end of plantation slavery across the Atlantic World. 2017/8 - HIS-6082A GRAND STRATEGY Autumn Semester, Level 6 module (Maximum 999 Students) UCU: 30 Organiser: Dr David Milne MODULE - 40% PASS ON AGGREGATE Module Type: Coursework Timetable Slot:C1C2C3 This module examines the theory and practice of grand strategy in historical and contemporary contexts from a variety of analytical perspectives. It defines grand strategy as ‘the calculated relation of means to large ends’. It focuses on how parts relate to the whole in whatever an individual, a corporation or a nation might be seeking to accomplish. The strategists considered range over some two and a half millennia. Some represent the best thinking and writing on this subject; others exemplify success and failure in the implementation of grand strategy.
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