|Module Title||EUROPEAN POLITICS + THE ORIGINS OF THE FIRST WORLD 1870-1914|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Peter Jackson|
|Course delivery||Lecture||10 Hours 10 x 1 hour|
|Seminar||10 Hours 10 x 1 hour|
|Essay||1 x 2,000 word essay||30%|
The international system was forever transformed by the First World War. This module will look at the origins of this war. It will examine the impact on European politics of the unification of Germany, the emergence of international socialism, the 'new imperialism' (and its attendant 'globalising' effects), as well as the rise of Imperial Russia and the United States. It will also consider the strategic, imperial and foreign policies of the Great Powers and place these policies within the wider context of the shifts in the global balance of power after 1870.
The aim of this module is to examine the relationship between the transformation of the international system after 1870 and the coming of the First World War in 1914.
At the end of the module students will be able to:
10 ECTS Credits
** Recommended Text
James Joll. The Origins of the First World War (2nd edition).
R Gildea. Barricades and Borders: Europe 1800-1914 (2nd edition).