About this unit
The War and Peace in World History unit, provided by Macquarie University through Open Universities Australia, asks you to help answer the question of why war is such a major part of human history. It looks at the way that times of war and peace have been shaped and influenced by cultural, social and historical conditions; concepts that can only be understood with the knowledge of the international context in which they occur.
Discuss how war is more than military strategies, as you explore how war is often the stage for developing cultures, societies, new world orders, as well as national and imperial memory.
You will look at the many different ways wars have been fought and the many different reasons they have been waged – from political causes, national freedom and autonomy to religious crusades and dynastic expansion.
Many different countries will be studied in this unit, including Vietnam, New Zealand, Germany and many more. Australia’s participation in wars and how it has shaped the nation’s historical memory and the ANZAC legend will be discussed.
The role of women in times of war will also be looked at in this unit, as well as the colonial context of a great number of conflicts, and the moral dilemmas which occur when considering winners and losers of war.
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It’s recommended that students should have studied some history at Level 1 prior to doing this unit.
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
- Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University
- Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship and Corporate Information Management), Curtin University
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
- Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
- Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this Global History unit, the topics you will study include:
- Making war and making peace
- Cultures of war and cultures of peace in early modern Europe
- Nation, peace and war, 1750-1850
- Sovereignty, conflict and empire
- The American civil war and difference
- Making and unmaking men in WWI
- Gender and peace making in the Interwar Years
- Motherhood, citizenship and WWII
- Sexuality and the cold war
- Remembering WWII in an age of decolonisation
- The problem of peacekeepers
- Representing war
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