Looking beyond the dates and battlefield details of typical military history, this MA raises urgent questions about why societies go to war. You will engage with diverse perspectives on violence and conflict in the modern period and examine case studies from all over the world.
Drawing on our expertise across a variety of disciplines, including history, literature, law, sociology and psychoanalytic studies, you will consider the effects of war on different scales, from the individual to the global, and on different groups. Some of the key questions we will consider include:
What did it mean to be a woman in the First World War – as a worker, grieving mother, or a combatant?
How does psychological trauma and physical disability impact on veterans today?
How is wartime service remembered and commemorated, privately and politically?
Why are some groups excluded from popular representations of war – and how
does the picture change once they are included?
We have excellent links with the research community, both in the UK and worldwide, so many of our students have gone on to teach in higher education institutions. Others have found employment in archives, research, managing research funds, other forms of educational provision, the Civil Service, the National Health Service, and management.