Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Warfare after Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 32 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 8 x 2 Hour Seminars
Revision Session


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hour exam)  50%
Supplementary Assessment 2,500 word essay  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hour exam)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Discuss the legacies of Napoleonic warfare for a range of European countries and their armed forces.
2. Assess the crucial developments in warfare in the modern period.
3. Discuss the challenges encountered by European forces in operating in non-European contexts in the age of imperialism.
4. Describe the key factors, agents, historical trends and structural dynamics that influenced the changing shape, doctrines and fighting styles of various European and non-European armed forces in the period under consideration
5. Evaluate critically the roles of naval and land forces and their structure and recruitment in relation to differing national politico-strategic cultures
6. Assess the debates on the nature and evolution of 'Total War' in the modern and, more especially, the late modern periods.

Brief description

This module allows students to examine the legacies of warfare from the Napoleonic Wars to 1918. This will allow students to reflect upon the structures, recruitment and strategic thought of European armed forces, and to identify and illustrate trends in these areas and in technological changes impacting on armed forces, in and outside Europe, down to and during the First World War.


The module will draw on a number of wars conducted in a range of scenarios, from colonial wars and civil wars to the First World War, and in a range of arenas, from army engagements to sea battles. The module focuses on developments in command, staffing, resources, operations and tactics as well as strategic thinking. Themes and topics to be covered during the module’s lectures and seminars will include:

• The Napoleonic Wars
• The Concert of Europe, Limited War and the Crimean War
• The American Civil War 1861-65
• The Wars of German Unification, 1864-71
• European Interventions in Africa & Colonial ‘Small Wars’
• The South African War, 1899-1902
• The First World War 1914-18

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Students will learn how to present their ideas both verbally and in writing and how to how to present their arguments most effectively. They will learn the importance of information and clear communication and how to exploit these. They will know how to use the many sources of information available and how to use the most appropriate form of communication to best advantage. They will learn to be clear in their writing and speaking and to be direct about aims and objectives. They will learn to consider only that which is relevant to the topic, focus and objectives of their argument or discussion. Students will also be required to submit their written assessments in word-processed format and the presentation of work should reflect effective expression of ideas and good use of language skills in order to ensure clarity, coherence and effective communication.
Improving own Learning and Performance The module aims to promote self-management but within a context in which support and assistance is available from both the module convenor and fellow students alike. Students will be expected to improve their own learning and performance by undertaking their own research and exercising their own initiative, including searching for sources and deciding (under guidance) the direction of their coursework and presentation topics.
Information Technology Students will be expected to submit their work in word-processed format, via the on-line platform Blackboard. Also, students will be encouraged to search for sources of information on the web, as well as seeking sources through electronic information sources.
Personal Development and Career planning This module is designed to hone and test skills of use to students in their working lives, particularly in speaking to small groups, listening, thinking and responding to the statement of others. Moreover, the written work includes writing clearly and concisely, which is a common task in the workplace. Students will be encouraged throughout to reflect on their performance and to consider lessons for future application.
Problem solving Independent work and problem solving will be one central goal of the module; the submission of a range of study skills assessments will require that students develop independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and formulate an answer to the problem; reason logically; construct theoretical arguments; divide issues into smaller problems.
Research skills Students will be required to undertake independent research for elements of the assessed work. This will involve utilizing a range of information sources, including core academic texts.
Subject Specific Skills Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas on the module. These subject specific skills include: • Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module. • Evaluate competing perspectives. • Apply a range of methodologies to complex historical and contemporary political problems.
Team work Students will undertake team exercises in the seminars. For many of the topics of this module, seminars will consist of small-group discussions where students will be asked to discuss as a group the core issues related to the seminar topic. These class discussions and debates form a significant part of the module, and will allow students to approach and examine a given topic through team work.


This module is at CQFW Level 5