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Undergraduate Course: War and Memory in the Twentieth Century (HIST10341)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course sets out to critically examine the ways in which memories of war in the twentieth century have been used to shape national identities. It covers a diverse range of European countries, as well as Australia, and addresses both World Wars and the Spanish Civil War. A key focus of the course is on commemorative practices and memorialisation in the respective nations.
Course description This course explores the different ways in which the relationship of nations to their past have been socially constructed, articulated and contested throughout the twentieth century. Using different countries as case studies, the course examines the ways in which narratives of war have been utilised by different social and political groups to inform present-day identity politics. The course critically examines the developing relationship between history, memory and identity formation across the twentieth century, adopting an inter-disciplinary approach which draws upon popular representations within literature, art and films.
The topics covered are:
War, Memory and History
The Fallen in the First World War- European 'communities of the bereaved'
Ireland and the First World War
Australia and the Anzac legend
The memory of the Spanish Civil War
France and the Second World War - the 'Vichy Syndrome'
Italy and the Second World War - 'Italiani, brave gente'
Germany and the Second World War - narratives of victimhood
Britain and the Second World War
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  50
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 3, 000 word essay
Two-hour examination
Oral presentation (participating in a group but individually assessed)

Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and formative feedback on submitted essays plans. Students will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers and the ability to work in a team.
Reading List
Tim Ashplant, Graham Dawson and Michael Roper (eds), The Politics of War Memory and Commemoration (2000)
Patrick Finney, Remembering The Road to World War Two. International History, National Identity and Collective Memory (2010)
John Foot, Italy's Divided Memory (2010)
Katharine Hodgkin and Susannah Radstone (eds) Memory, History, Nation: Contested Pasts (2006)
Keith Jeffery, Ireland and the Great War (2000)
Carlos Jerez Farrán and Samuel Amago (eds), Unearthing Franco's Legacy: mass graves and the recovery of historical memory in Spain (2010)
Bill Niven (ed.), Germans as Victims (2006)
Lucy Noakes and Juliette Pattinson (eds), British Cultural Memory and the Second World War (2013)
Henry Rousso, The Vichy Syndrome. History and Memory in France since 1944 (1991)
Alistair Thomson, Anzac Memories. Living with the Legend (1994)
Jay Winter, Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning. The Great War in European cultural history (1995)
Jay Winter, Remembering War. The Great War Between History and Memory in the Twentieth Century (2006)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsWar and Memory
Course organiserDr Wendy Ugolini
Tel: (0131 6)50 3766
Course secretaryMr Jonathan Donnelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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