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HIST6129 Themes in Modern European History

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Approaches taken by historians to the selected themes
  • Ways of interrogating source material in the field
  • The multifaceted nature of modern European history


What does it mean to write modern European history in the early C21st? On the one hand, traditional master narratives, conceived at a time when the ‘national’ was regarded as a natural frame, have lost much of their purchase. On the other, optimistic teleologies of post-national integration appear increasingly unpersuasive. Yet with the turn to global history, and the attendant ‘provincialisation’ of Europe, the question of what histories this region has in common, and how those histories might be written, remains as pressing as ever. This module pursues these questions via a series of themes, such as colonialism and decolonisation, violence, urbanity, gender, migration, citizenship, consumerism, hierarchy and subalternity.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study130
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment 100%
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