Faculty of Arts


Topics in the History of War and Peace


In 2021, this course will focus on warfare as a global phenomenon through the period 1815-1918. At least half the course will focus on the maelstrom of global industrial warfare that was the First World War.

Themes to be discussed in the course include: the diplomacy of war and peace; the military and economic conduct and impact of war; inter-state warfare; revolutionary and civil warfare; imperial warfare; genocide and state violence; the regulation of war in international law; neutrality and war avoidance; the ideologies of war, peace and internationalism; humanitarianism; the origins of the First World War; total war and its impact.

Topics to be studied could include, but are not limited to: the Latin American Wars of Independence (1810s-1820s), the Xhosa rebellions (1811-1879), the Belgian War of Independence (1830-1839), the Opium Wars (1839-1860), the New Zealand Wars (1845-1872), the Crimean War (1853-1856), the Indian Mutiny (1857), the American Civil War (1861-1865), the Geneva Conventions of 1864, the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), the Samoan Civil War (1886-1894), the Sino-Japanese War (1894), the Spanish-American War (1898), the Boxer Rebellion (1899), the Hague Conventions (1899, 1907), the Herero genocide (1904-5), the Russo-Japanese War (1904-5), the Balkan Wars (1912-1913), the origins, course and global impact of the First World War (1914-1918).


To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 715 A and B



Coursework only

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022




HISTORY 715A: 15.0 points

HISTORY 715B: 15.0 points

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