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to especially important points, and to provide additional material on selected issues. The lecture sessions will offer opportunities for active students participation and discussion. In the recitation sections students will more intensively discuss the feature films and the required reading.

Background material on Blackboard: To help you to keep track of the diverse historical development in Europe and important events and persons, you will find on BlackBoard the following material: a timeline with links to information about important historical events and short biographies of important historical protagonists; maps which document the change of the European borders during medieval and modern times; a filmography with basic information on the feature films; a bibliography with selected literature for further reading; and useful links on the course subject.

Participation of Graduate Students

It will be possible for interested graduate students to participate in this course as Independent Studies (299/899). For them, additional reading will be assigned and they will have to write a research paper of 25 pages instead of a 10-page film report.

Required reading


The following books will provide you with a good overview on the development of military, war and society. We will read chapters from these books in the course as required reading. You will find these books in the Textbook Department of the UNC Student Stores and, for those who do not want to buy them, on reserve in the Undergraduate Library:


Anderson, M.S., War and Society in Europe of the Old Regime, 1618-1789 (Montreal, London, Buffalo: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1998).


Best, Geoffrey, War and Society in Revolutionary Europe, 1770-1870 (Montreal, London, Buffalo: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1998).


Bond, Brian, War and Society in Europe, 1870-1970 (Montreal, London, Buffalo: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1998).

Articles and Book Chapters

Moreover, we will read some journal articles and book chapters on film and history/war and the military, war and gender as required reading. You will find them all as PDF files on BlackBoard.

Feature Films

Students will find all feature film we will discuss in class in the UNC Media Library. If they miss a film session they can watch the movie in the Media Library. It is expected that students have seen all movies.

Course Requirements


Class attendance and participation (25% of grade).  You are expected to complete the reading before the date it is listed on the syllabus. The lectures will be coordinated with the assigned readings, but will not duplicate them.  Instead, the lectures are designed

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