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European History (MA)

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  • Objectives
    This MA will offer you the opportunity to develop new approaches to the history of Europe from the early modern period to the present day. It aims to provide you with an appreciation of the broad themes and key debates that have shaped our understanding of Europe. Rather than presuppose one all-encompassing definition of ‘Europe’, whether geographical or other, the programme seeks to highlight the different contexts within which European past can be analysed. A central theme of the programme will be an appreciation of the advantages and limitations imposed by using the idea of Europe as the means to understand the past. The School of History, Classics and Archaeology has an internationally recognised expertise in specialist subjects such as British, French, German, Irish, Italian and Russian history. This MA brings together these different fields, providing a key entry point to graduate study of European history.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Good degree and references.
  • Academic Title
    European History (MA)
  • Course description
    Core course

    -Europe in History: a compulsory 10-week course introducing historiographical, methodological and theoretical debates on central themes.


    Three options from a list covering a wide geographical and thematic spread. These may include:

    -Nation, Violence and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Italy
    -The Nazi Capture of Power
    -Opposition and Dissent in Early Modern France
    -Africa in the European Imagination
    -Power and Communication in Europe from the Reformation to Enlightenment
    -Practitioners and Patients in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe
    -Reconstruction of Europe 1943–1956
    -Renaissance Florence: Society, Religion and Culture
    -Russia During the Twentieth Century
    -Stalinism 1917–1953
    -Themes in Russian and Soviet History
    -Themes in the History of Medicine and Science in the Early Modern Period
    -Perspectives on the Nazi State
    -Themes in the History of Early Modern Europe
    -Why War? History, Psychoanalysis and Politics c.1900–1950
    -Civil Society: Ideas, Practices and Dilemmas in the Modern World, -Seventeeth Century to the Present
    -Gender in Britain
    -Immigration and Society since 1945
    -Mind, Body and the Self in the Victorian Age.

    Teaching is by seminar, with individual supervision meetings for the dissertation.

    Each core and option module is assessed by an esay of 4000–5000 words. Dissertation of 15,000 words.

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