University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: War and Identities in Twentieth Century Britain and Ireland (PGHC11339)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis MSc option adopts a social and cultural perspective on the impact of war on British and Irish society, taking a detailed look at the interplay between national, ethnic, class and gender identities at times of conflict. It focuses primarily on the twentieth century.
Course description Particular attention is paid to the connections between national identities and the memory of war: the ways in which different wars have been narrated, remembered and commemorated. The course also adopts an inter-disciplinary approach drawing upon oral sources, film, literature, art and photography.
The topics covered are:
The South African War (1899-1902): citizenship and identities
"Taffy, Jock and Tommy" - the First World War in Wales, Scotland and England
1916 - The memory of war in Ulster and Eire
Racism and riots - wartime violence in the Great War
Wartime masculinities and gender identities
The People's War? Constructions of Britishness in the Second World War
The Emergency - Irish Neutrality 1939-45
'Race War' - the black presence in Second World War Britain
Communities of allegiance - an Italian Scottish case study
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in seminar participation and coursework a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge concerning the impact of war on society and its role in the social and cultural history of twentieth century Britain and/or Ireland
  2. Demonstrate in seminar participation and coursework an advanced understanding of the significant historiographical trends which have emerged addressing war, memory and the construction of national identities
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form [in seminar discussions, presentations, and coursework] by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
  4. Demonstrate [in seminar discussions, presentations, and coursework] originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy
Reading List
M. Cragoe and C. Williams (eds), Wales and War: Society, Politics and Religion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007), Introduction, pp. 1-14

Martin Francis '"The domestication of the male" Recent research on nineteenth and twentieth-century British masculinity' Historical Journal, 45, 3 (2002), pp. 637- 652

N. Hayes and J. Hill (eds), 'Millions Like Us?' British Culture in the Second World War (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1999)

Keith Jeffery, Ireland and the Great War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

B. Korte and R. Schneider (eds) War and the Cultural Construction of Identities in Britain (Amsterdam: Rodopi BV, 2002)

K. Kumar, The Making of English National Identity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

K Lunn, Reconsidering 'Britishness': The Construction and Significance of National Identity in Twentieth-Century Britain in B Jenkins and S Sofos (eds) Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe (London: Routledge 1996), pp. 83- 100

Panikos Panayi, The enemy in our midst: Germans in Britain during the First World War (1991).

K. Robbins, Great Britain. Identities, Institutions and the Idea of Britishness (Harlow: Addison Wesley, 1998)

A. D. Smith National Identity (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1991)

Penny Summerfield, Reconstructing Women's Wartime Lives (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008

P. Ward, Britishness Since 1870 (London: Routledge, 2004)

R. Weight, Patriots: National Identity in Britain 1940-2000 (London, Macmillan, 2002).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsWar Identities 20th Century Britain Ireland
Course organiserDr Wendy Ugolini
Tel: (0131 6)50 3766
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information