Between War and Politics


The Balkans in Southeast Europe had been a hotbed of unrest for some time, with two wars in the preceding three years. Those wars had made Austria-Hungary’s neighbour Serbia much larger, prompting tensions between the two nations to rise even further. When Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in June by a Serbian-backed terrorist, Austria-Hungary felt it had no choice but to assert its dominance.

  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing countries emerging out of civil war.
  • Global health concerns are becoming increasingly important to ongoing debates about the social impact of worldwide economic and environmental change.
  • We will help you see how you can transfer the skills and knowledge you acquire throughout the course to the workplace.
  • Undergraduate History and Politics Enhance your knowledge of the human experience over the long term, to apply historical insights to the study of politics and governance today.
  • You’ve got Germany Austria-Hungary and Italy and you’ve got France Russia and to some extent Britain.

Global health concerns are becoming increasingly important to ongoing debates about the social impact of worldwide economic and environmental change. On this module you will learn about contemporary health issues from the point of view of both international relations and ethics, and explore the connections between these approaches. In the early 20th century France had a pivotal role in both world wars, suffering both invasion and conquest and undergoing a traumatic process of decolonisation.

In a matter of weeks then Europe’s largest powers were primed for war, but Britain was still in two minds over whether it should be involved. France, fearing this new empire on their doorstep, allied with Russia in the east. An unlikely friendship for two of Europe’s most ideologically opposed nations. That then left Germany feeling surrounded and pushed them to form an alliance with the Austro-Hungarian Empire and to a lesser extent Italy. Finally, Britain and its empire, afraid of German domination on the continent, drifted closer to France and Russia, though without going as far as forming an alliance.

It feared Germany’s domination of the continent and its challenge to British industrial and imperial supremacy. Erudite yet accessible, this comprehensive reference work will prove to be an engaging and enlightening read for policymakers, academics, and students of political science, economics, public policy, and sociology. This collection, part of a series entitled Visual Politics of War, presents some of the key approaches to war reporting and suggests trajectories for further critical research into media visualisation of conflict.

Study abroad

On this module you will tackle the complex question of why wars do or do not occur. We will introduce you to a range of historical and theoretical arguments that attempt to answer this question, and which will be relevant throughout your course. We will investigate this question through analysis of case studies ranging from ancient to present day conflicts. We will encourage you to consider broad themes across these case studies and carry out comparative analysis between them. We see those who claim to be in the first line of the “green transition” privilege the expansion of NATO and the prospects of future Western investments over peace. We see those who are supporting highly polluting military investments celebrating their murderous feast, not only endangering the people in Ukraine but also the very future of us all.

Explore the history and evolution of terrorism, its impacts and the ethical arguments around it. You’ll study violent political groups from the 19th century to the present day. You’ll consider its core policies, including the European Single Market, environmental policy and the implications of Brexit.

It is said that streaming companies are not hostile to these ideas but the government has not pursued them, with Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries intent on privatisation. The drama’s depiction of the London newsroom of the fictional ‘Russia Global News’ brings to mind the real life channel RTHe criticised ITV as “unfashionable” and “a sort of tragic television Faust”. The BBC had “forgotten what it’s for”, which was “to ask awkward questions, to rock the boat and make mischief”.

International Relations Theory

You will confront and evaluate the historical debates surrounding China’s transition from the world’s oldest imperial power to a revolutionary Communist state. In doing so you will consider the political, ideological, economic, military, social and cultural forces that shaped these events. Given China’s modern status as a major world power, learning about its turbulent past and Mao’s legacy will help you to understand wider global developments. Britain was largely removed from the growing crisis in Europe until late July.

Britain and its Empire go to war

Forms of conflict looks in particular on how military power is imposed and sustained, and how it is resisted, using as case studies some of the most significant examples of occupation, resistance and anti-war movements across the globe. You will examine theories on imperialism, nationalism, civil war, wartime resistance, anti-colonialism, just war, pacifism, the bio-politics of war, drone warfare, terrorism and other topics from the last hundred years of warfare. On this module you will examine the traumatic history of China throughout the lifetime of Mao Zedong.

They formulated war plans which they expected to bring swift victories if war came. Austria-Hungary, with German encouragement, declared war on Serbia on 28 July. Germany’s violation of Belgian neutrality and British fears of German domination in Europe brought Britain and its empire into the war on 4 August.