Explore how the British Army evolved as an institution between 1815 and 1945, reflecting on its social composition, place in society, and military proficiency
Debate the importance of command and leadership and how this developed alongside the changing nature of warfare
Compare the concepts of ‘limited’ and ‘total' war
Reflect upon the British Army’s changing role in its Empire, Europe and the world
Assess a range of primary source materials and incorporate their findings into historical debate
With a legacy stretching back centuries, the British Army is proud of its hard-won reputation as one of the most formidable fighting forces in the world.
On this course, you’ll see for yourself how the British Army evolved as an institution between 1815 and 1945. You’ll reflect on its social composition, place in society, and military proficiency, analysing a range of primary sources and incorporating your findings into historical debate.
Ultimately, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the British Army – its successes, failures and role in shaping the modern world.
The composition and organization of the army at the turn of the 19th century
The image of the Army in British society
Battlefield performance in a ‘limited war’ as part of an international coalition
The influence of the Duke of Wellington’s generalship
No prior experience or qualifications are needed for this course. It would suit anyone with an interest in the British military, or social history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It would also appeal to prospective students of history, or military history.