20 credits at level HE4
This module focuses on a comparison of major participants' and historians' chronicling and analysis of the experience of war during the twenetieth century. It has close links with the year one core course, 'Reading Historical Texts' and the year two module, 'Peace and War in the Modern World'. The selected historical participants are Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill and Mao Zedong. The guiding monograph is David Reynolds, In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War (London, 2004). The course is divided into three sections. Each focuses on a leader, his biographical reconsruction of the wars in which he was intimately involved and analysis undertaken by contemporary historians. Since this is a first year course, students will be circulated with selected extracts from the studies listed in the bibliography below, rather than required to master the central texts in their entirety.
1. Memories of War in the Twentieth Century. 2. Biography and History: Different or Two of a Kind ? 3. Woodrow Wilson and the First World War: Idealism Meets the 'Real' World. 4. Woodrow Wilson and the First World War: America and Freedom. 5. Woodrow Wilson and the First World War: The Judgement of History. 6. Winston Churchill: A Writer at War. 7. Winston Churchill: Remembering in a Kind of Tranquility. 8. Winston Churchill: In Command of History ? 9. Mao Zedong: Peasant War. 10. Mao Zedong: Defining the New China. 11. Mao Zedong: A Terrible Legacy. 12. War and Political Self-Justification in the Twentieth Century. 13. Writing War and War Writing: The Example of John Steinbeck. 14. Conclusions and Debate.
Small-group lectures will be supported by seminars which will focus on the main texts. Seminars will be used to discuss pre-circulated extracts by Wilson, Churchill and Mao Zedong. Students will be introduced to major internet search engines and undertake group bibliographical work in the Library. Tutorials will be used to discuss essay planning and problems.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be able to define the major similarities and differences between biography and history||be able to demonstrate this knowledge with reference to a key selected historical actor covered on the course|
|2.||be able to give an outline account of key events in the First and Second World Wars and the Chinese Civil War||be able to confirm this knowledge by providing a referenced account of a sub-theme within the context of one of these conflicts|
|3.||be able to present a short account of the ways in which war and warfare were reconstructed by the participants considered in the course||be able to chart this process for one of the historical actors under scrutiny, with critical reference to biographical and interpretive studies|
|4.||be able to give a brief interpretation of the relationship between one of the protagonists' social and cultural backgroiund and his attitude towards war and warfare||be able critically to juxtapose biographical and interpretive material within the context of either British, Chinese or American history in the twentieth century|
|5.||be able to display an ability to use key internet historical search engines and sites||be able to draw on this skill in all assignments|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A ten-minute seminar paper on a theme related to the assessment essay.||A 1,000 word paper on a text selected from a pre-circulated learning pack and a list of relevant internet sites||A 1,500 word essay.||Attendance at seminars tutorials|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
W.S. Churchill, The Second World War (London, 2005) Selections.
G.Best, Churchill and War (London, 2005)
Ford Madox Ford, Parade's End (Manchester, 1997)
P. Fussell, The Great War in Modern Memory (Oxford, 2000, anniversary edition)
Jung Chang, Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China (London, 1991) Selections
Mao Zedong, Collected Works (Beijing, 1954-) Selections
M.S. Neiberg (ed), The World War One Reader (London, 2006)
M.Norris, Writing War in the Twentieth Century (Charlottesville, 2000)
D. Reynolds, In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War (London, 2004)
E.Snow, China's Long Revolution (Harmondsworth, 1974)
Woodrow Wilson, America and Freedom (London, 1917) Selections
|Host Subject Group:||Philosophy and History|
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