This MA programme explores how conflict occurs across a variety of countries and landscapes in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and how such conflict is managed and presented through media and propaganda up to the present day.
The programme takes in different types of conflict, from conventional trench warfare and geopolitical standoffs to guerrilla tactics and civil defence initiatives. It also considers the application of technology in warfare, the impact of the media on public opinion, along with the increasing importance of the ‘homefront’ in twentieth-century warfare.
The core module provides a strong interpretative and conceptual backbone to the programme. Module options are rich and diverse, covering such areas as military-media relations, images of the British soldier, military theory, the impact of military conflict on cities, British war films and Nazi propaganda, the nuclear age, Native American culture and warfare, and detailed investigations in specific wars such as the Boer War, the Great War and the Vietnam War.
Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in history or a relevant subject (eg, politics, international relations, archaeology). In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies.
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