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Course Overview

This course examines the history of the First World War in an international comparative perspective through detailed study of contemporary as well as secondary sources. Following a series of introductory lectures on various aspects of the war, the students taking this course will be divided into sub-groups with normally a maximum of 20 students per group. Each group will focus on either the war experience of a particular country such as Russia or France or undertake comparative study of selected themes such as political, social and cultural transformations and the peacemaking process.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Thomas Weber

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • HI304T World War One: International Perspectives (Studied)
  • HI354T World War One: International Perspectives (Studied)
  • HI454T World War 1 - International Perspectives (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The First World War brought to an end the longest period of peace in Europe that the continent had hitherto witnessed. The American diplomat and academic George F. Kennan thus, for a good reason, famously labelled the war the seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century. The Great War heralded the bloodiest thirty year period, at least in absolute terms, in human history. None of our lives would be the same, had there been no First World War.This course offers students an opportunity to study the place of the war in the 20th century. How did the war come about? Why did it last so long? How were the people involved in it affected by the conflict? How did so many soldiers continue fighting for such a long time? What political, social, and cultural transformations did the war bring with it? Did the war indeed give birth to the two most successful totalitarian ideologies of the twentieth century? It concludes by asking why the Paris settlements did not bring long-term peace to the world.Following a series of introductory lectures on various aspects of the Great War, the students taking this course will be divided into two sub-groups with normally a maximum of 20 students per group.

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 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • 2500-word annotated bibliography (50%)
  • 3500-word essay (50%)

Resit not normally available.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Written feedback in individual meetings.

Course Learning Outcomes


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