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070060 SE Seminar - Britain and Global Warfare 1914-1918, 1939-1945 (2018W)

10.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 16.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 23.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 30.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 06.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 13.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 20.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 27.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 04.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 11.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 08.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 15.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 22.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 29.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Geschichte 2 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 9

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

INFO
SE, Britain and Global Warfare 1914-1918, 1939-1945

INHALT:

This seminar 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.

ZIELE:
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.

METHODEN:

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.

Assessment and permitted materials

LEISTUNGSKONTROLLE:

Students are encouraged to visit the lecturer during his Sprechstunde if they have any questions regarding their presentation or essay.
The essay is to consist of at least 15 pages typed at one and a half space, 12 point. The covering page and the bibliography are NOT INCLUDED in the 15-page minimum. All essays are to be paginated and footnoted. For rules about citations see the home page of Institut für Geschichte.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Marks will be assessed as follows:
Attendance 10%, participation in discussion 10%, oral presentation 20%, written essay 60%.

Examination topics

Lecturerer's talks and bibliography

Reading list

Bibliography and themes by e-mail

Association in the course directory

BA): Bachelor-Modul 2 (9 ECTS)
BEd: Bachelormodul (Pflichtmodul) (8 ECTS)
MA Geschichte 14: SE aus Geschichte im Pflichtmodul 4 (6 ECTS)
Diplom UF Geschichte: Vertiefung: Seminar (Schwerpunkt Politikgeschichte) (6 ECTS)
MA Globalgeschichte: Seminar Vertiefung 1 (6 ECTS)
MA Interdisz. Zeitgeschichte und Medien: Wahlbereich (5 ECTS)

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