Military Revolutions and the Conduct of War 1300-1650

Department of History, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 23877

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1&2

Module description

This module provides an opportunity to study the military, political, social and cultural history of warfare in Europe from the Hundred Years War to the Thirty Years War and the English Civil War. The main questions explored will relate to the way in which technical developments, such as the introduction of gunpowder weapons and new style fortifications, affected the conduct of battles and warfare, and whether these changes constituted a series of `Military Revolutions’. But it will also investigate the social and economic effects of warfare, particularly for civilian populations, the political implications of larger and more complex armies, and the impact of chivalry and ideals of masculinity on the psychology and sociology of combat, Students will analyse and study these themes using primary source accounts of combat and military ideals as well as a rich literature of secondary works.