HIST256 - War and Peace

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10cp from 100-level units in History or Politics and International Relations
Incompatible units: HIST110 War and Peace
Teaching Organisation: Nil

The fraught relationship between war and peace has shaped the course of modern history, and continues to do so today. Historians are routinely called upon to provide historical analysis of the world-changing impact of both times of war and times of peace. In this unit students will explore key developments in armed conflict, peacemaking and efforts to avert or restrain war, considering their impact on international and other political relations, social and cultural practices, the fates of peoples or groups, and individuals’ lives. Students will work with different types of primary and secondary sources to investigate and research some of the key topics in this field. Applying the methods of social and cultural historians and case studies from different historical and regional settings students will interpret and reflect on the ethical and historical debates and relate these to real-world situations in war and peace.

The aim of this unit is to develop a student’s capacity provide sound historical analysis of major shifts in patterns of armed conflict; of efforts to glorify, avoid, restrain or oppose armed conflict; and attempts to produce peace and justice in the aftermath of war.