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The Visual Politics of Wars


On this module you will learn about France’s role on the world stage as a political, military, imperial and cultural force. You will consider both the impact of international forces upon France and the country’s influence on the course of world history. The European Union is one of the most significant intergovernmental organisations to have developed in the post-war period.

  • How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.
  • Andrew Mumford is a Professor of War Studies whose primary research area is analysis of the historical and contemporary political management of warfare – especially the British and American experience.
  • This module addresses the question of what happens when the fighting ends.
  • The world and its issues and debates do not neatly divide into discrete subjects.
  • From 24 July, British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey tried to organise an international peace conference to prevent further escalation.
  • War makes for dramatic headlines and engaging copy, but there is frequent and often heated debate about the power and the biases of the media in war.

You must study at least 1 module from both War Studies and Politics every semester. You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications. How many modules you take each semester will depend on whether you are st­udying full time or part time. From distinguished scholars to exceptional PhD students, our prizes recognise service and achievement across the profession. Our Standing Groups organise a range of annual events, including summer schools, conferences and workshops, open to all. In these weeks we saw the escalation of tensions between world powers under the astonished eyes of those who are struggling to recover their lives from two years of pandemic.

Module learning outcomes

You’ll be prioritised for accommodation in the halls that are linked to your teaching base, subject to availability. The facilities for making and designing, the theatre, galleries, workshops, studios, archives and the independent arts organisations based on site provide a unique and inspiring environment where creativity thrives. For a number of courses you will have the opportunity to attend field trips and off-site visits.

German victory in western Europe would establish its control along the Channel coast and pose a threat to Britain’s security and trade. From 1 August, the British took further action that brought them closer to war. They mobilised the navy and promised to protect the French coast from German aggression through the Channel.

Renegotiating the political settlement in war

Austria rejected the Serbian reply, which conceded to all the ultimatum’s terms except the involvement of Austro-Hungarian officials in an inquiry into the assassination. It was determined to take decisive action against Serbia and, by now, knew this risked war with Russia, Serbia’s supporter. Austria-Hungary was prepared to risk war because it had the guarantee of German support. Germany’s ambitions, its perception of its own isolation and its increasing fear of ‘encirclement’ drove its foreign policy. The preservation of Austria-Hungary – its only reliable ally – as a great power became an important part of German policy.

These include an analysis of why wars begin, how wars are waged, what happens after war has ceased, and the various alternatives to war. Other sections explore civil war and revolution, the arms trade, economic and political systems, and post-conflict reconstruction and nation building. Policymakers as well as academics and students of political science, economics, public policy and sociology will find this volume to be an engaging and enlightening read. This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing post-war societies focusing on transformation, security and governance. The module will first examine and compare how civil war endings, specifically victories versus negotiated settlement, shape the evolution of post-war regimes.

Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing countries emerging out of civil war. So it ultimately defined the shape of Europe and the world in the 20th century and this is how it all began. But until late July 1914, Britain was largely preoccupied with domestic issues. Social, industrial and political unrest and the threat of civil war in Ireland received most of the nation’s attention.

The Handbook on the Political Economy of War

Our Brighton Student Skills Hub gives you extra support and resources to develop the skills you’ll need for university study, whatever your level of experience so far. We provide support and venues for key events in the city’s arts calendar including the Brighton Festival, the Festival Fringe, the Great Escape, the Brighton Digital Festival, Brighton Photo Biennial and the CineCity Brighton Film Festival. Other annual highlights include Pride, the Brighton Marathon, and Burning the Clocks which marks the winter solstice. Our own Brighton Graduate Show transforms our campus into the largest exhibition space in the South East as we celebrate the outstanding talent and creativity of our students.

On 2 August, the Cabinet agreed to support Belgium if there was a substantial violation of its neutrality. By the summer of 1914, Germany had only one war plan, which was to knock France out of the war before turning on France’s ally, Russia. German politicians saw the Balkan crisis in 1914 as an opportunity to inflict a diplomatic setback on Russia and France, but its Generals feared Russia’s growing military power and were ready to strike before it was too late. These actions reflect the fears, anxieties and ambitions of the European powers. The decisions for war were made in the context of growing nationalism, increased militarism, imperial rivalry and competition for power and influence.

A dissertation supervisor will help you define and develop your project throughout the year. Sharp analyses of topical news from a political science perspective, research summaries and the latest expert thinking. Our groups and networks are pushing the boundaries of specialist sub-fields of political science, helping to nurture diversity and inclusivity across the discipline. Simply excellent, and timely appraisal of one of the most important thinkers of the 20th Century. Accessible to the general reader, whilst being vital to a wide academic audience, and written with real clarity and insight.

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