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Landscapes of Conflict

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 5
Module lead
Timothy Sly
Academic year

Module overview

This module examines the history of conflict in the UK and overseas between the 16th century BC and the 21st century with specific focus on battles and battlefields. In particular, it compares traditional historical narratives of individual battles on land and at sea with non-textual sources, including the physical landscapes of battlefields and the material remains that have been recovered on them. Areas to be considered include:

  • the complementary and/or contradictory nature of interdisciplinary source material (including historical and literary accounts of conflicts; archaeological surveys and excavations including retrieved artefacts and human remains) for specific conflict events and the challenges that this poses to scholarship;
  • the location of battlefields and the nature of specific conflict events as evidenced by historical accounts and landscape remains;
  • environmental changes to conflict landscapes between the date of the conflict to the present day, and the implications of this for our understanding of events;
  • the impact of battles on both combatants and non-combatants, and the involvement of non-combatants in the physical alteration of a battlefield after the event.