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to suggest emphases, to draw attention to especially important points, and to provide additional material on selected issues.  Please note: the lectures will assume that you have kept up with the reading.


Report on a feature film (30% of grade) and oral presentation in class.  Every student will be responsible for writing a ten-page report on one of the feature films (approx. 1500-2000 words long and typed, double-spaced on standard paper). The report should analyze and interpret a feature film and place it in the context of the course. The paper is due seven days before the class presentation. Moreover, all students who have written a paper on the same feature film, will be responsible for presenting the film in groups in the class, including introducing the film and initiating the discussion. They will have together 10 minutes to introduce the film, its historical content, the context of the time and the aims of its production. These reports will be assigned during the first class.


Midterm (15% of grade) and Final examination (30% of grade). An important of the examination will focus on the three introductory books for the required reading. Remember to bring two bluebooks to the final exam; they are available free of charge at Student Stores.

Course Schedule

Week 1:

Thursday, 2007, 4:00-5:15 pm

Lecture Session:

Introduction in the Course



Why are we studying the history of war and gender in European film?


How can we use film to develop historical understanding?


What are the main aims of this course?

Week 2:

I. Medieval and Early Modern Warfare

Tuesday, 2007, 4:00–6:30 pm

Film Session:

Joan of Arc

United States, 1948, director: Victor Fleming (145 min. VHS)

Thursday, 2007, 4:00-5:15 pm

Lecture Session:

The Female Warrior in Medieval and Early Modern Warfare

Required Reading:

August 14, 2008

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