Units of Study

HSTY2628 - BOOM! The History of War

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: John Gagne


The Enlightenment promised to make war a thing of the past, replacing brute force with diplomacy and law. So why has the resort to arms been so depressingly persistent? How have societies rationalised war over time and how have ways of making or experiencing war changed? And to what extent has war been a driving force in history, propelling technological, medical, or social transformations? Examining one of humankind's most intractable problems, this unit presents war's surprising, troubling, and complicated history.


1x500wd bibliography (10%), 1x500wd essay proposal (10%), 1x2000wd essay (45%) and 1.5hr exam (35%)


2x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 Junior credit points of History or Ancient History


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