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Course Overview

This course will look at the development of warfare in early modern Europe in the light of the theory that Europe in this period saw a military revolution which had profound effects not just on the way wars were fought, but on European state formation and social development. It will look at the supporters and opponents of the theory, examine the technological changes seen in warfare in this period, and consider the conduct of war at the tactical and strategic levels, before going on to examine the changing culture of war and its impact on state and society.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Robert Frost

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Course Description

The course will consider the main technological changes in warfare in this period, and consider their impact on the conduct of warfare. It will look at the ways in which states responded to these changes, and the impact of warfare upon European society. Students will choose to look at individual countries or topics in their presentations and essays

Further Information & Notes

This module is available to students on all non-History degree programmes as a Discipline Breadth course for the enhanced study requirement. However, the admission of students with a non-History degree intention will be at the discretion of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy. Students are not permitted to register for this course after the end of week 2 of teaching.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Third Year: One written examination: three questions (60%); one 3,000-word essay (30%); one presentation (5% mark of course coordinator, 5% marked by peer assessment)

Resit: One three-question examination (100%)

Formative Assessment

Informal feedback sessions held on all written work and presentations.


Formal written feedback provided on all written work and presentations. Informal individual meetings to provide feeback on all written work and presentations.

Course Learning Outcomes


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