Research Methods and Skills (20 credits)
This module provides the necessary techniques to go about constructing a thesis, such as how to conduct research at secondary and primary levels, writing techniques, composing chapters etc.
Conflict in the Modern Middle East (20 credits)
The module covers the causes and consequences of a succession of conflicts in the Middle East from 1914 to the present including the world wars, the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Gulf wars and the War on Terror. Successive British and American dominance of the region and its effects, the emergence of Israel and its quest to survive amidst a hostile Arab world are among the themes covered.
Nationalism and Conflict in the Balkans and Middle East (20 credits)
The emergence of nationalism as a force for change exerted itself in the Balkans from the mid nineteenth century and in the Middle East during and after the First World War. This module will consider the impact of nationalism through a series of case studies in the Balkans and Middle East considering the internal dynamics of change and the way in which these were manipulated by external Great Powers to their advantage.
Historical Methods (20 credits)
This module will familiarise you with different approaches towards the study of history which will be beneficial when researching and writing up your thesis.
Facing the Fuehrer and the Duce: British Defence and Diplomacy towards the Dictators 1935-1940 (40 credits)
The British response to the challenge of fascist aggression - appeasement - is popularly portrayed as a feeble, weak and misguided policy. The underlying factors revealed by government documents and the political and economic climate help to explain the policy if not to excuse it. The module provides an in-depth analysis of British defence and diplomacy, including the Munich Crisis, the outbreak of war, the fall of Chamberlain and the Battle of Britain. Gobbet sessions are included involving the study of original documents.
Students may also select modules from the MA in Contemporary History.