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070176 UE Fremdsprachen in der Geschichtswissenschaft 1 oder 2 (2014S)

Britain at war, 1914-1918, 1939-1945

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

An/Abmeldung

Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").

Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 13.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Donnerstag 20.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Donnerstag 27.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Donnerstag 03.04. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Donnerstag 10.04. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Donnerstag 08.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Donnerstag 15.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Donnerstag 22.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Donnerstag 05.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Donnerstag 12.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Donnerstag 26.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Seminarraum Geschichte 3 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course deals with the participation of Great Britain (and its empire) in the two great wars of the twentieth century. Both conflicts had their origin in continental Europe, but Britain was never primarily interested in the mainland, rather in her own territories world-wide. However, England or Britain always had an interest in ensuring that no one power would gain supremacy on the Continent and intervened militarily on several occasions to contain the expansionism of absolute states like France or Spain, and later Germany. The crucial strategic starting position for Britain was that no hostile power should control the Low Countries (Holland and Belgium), more specifically their coastal regions. With a continental enemy controlling the coastline of northern France or Belgium, Britain was threatened directly: by a direct invasion or by the dangers to British shipping in the Channel and Britain’s trade routes, the basis for her wealth.
Britain’s entry into the First World War had its roots in the breach of Belgian neutrality by the invading German army. The war was won and lost on the Western Front in northern France and Belgium, and the “side-shows”, operations against the enemy in the Middle East, were of secondary importance. The seminar will examine British military strategy, major offensives, the lives of the soldiers, new military technology and the political and social situation in Britain itself. Britain’s world role in the interwar period will also be examined, especially the origins of the Second World War from a British perspective. The Second World War was, for Britain, a far more globalised struggle than the first, with major campaigns in North Africa and Asia, and in Europe for shorter periods: 1940, 1943-45. The political leadership during the war, the war on the “home front”, Britain’s early defeats and the British strategic bombing campaign will be given special attention.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Students are encouraged to visit the lecturer during his Sprechstunde regarding their presentation or essay. Marks will be assessed as follows:
Attendance 10%, participation in discussion 10%, oral presentation 20%, written work 60%.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The aim of the teaching unit is to give students in Austria an appreciation of the catastrophic wars of the Twentieth Century from a British point of view. Students will be confronted with the breakdown in European civilisation after a long period of peace, first in 1914, and then once more in 1939-45.

Prüfungsstoff

Following 3-4 explanatory talks by the lecturer, the students, having chosen a theme, will offer their findings in an oral presentation. Following discussions on, and criticisms of their contributions, students have to hand up their findings as a written essay. Occasion written exercises will also be set.

Literatur

Literatur: see my homepage: www.univie.ac.at/igl.geschichte/mcloughlin

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Alle MA-Studien Geschichte, Fremdsprachen in der Geschichtswissenschaft I oder II (5 ECTS) | ZWM Geschichtsforschung: Übungen zu fremdsprachigen Fachsprachen (3 ECTS)

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:30