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Course texts:

You will be expected to read these two books in the course of the year. A reading schedule is included in the lecture and seminar timetable to help you plan your work. Both books will be available for purchase in paperpack editions at the campus bookshop. They are also readily available on-line if you want to purchase them before you arrive on campus. You are expected to have these books in your possession by the start of the term.

  • T. C. W. Blanning (ed.), The Oxford History of Modern Europe (Oxford, 2001).
  • James J. Sheehan, Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe (Boston, 2009).

If you cannot get these books by the beginning of term, please contact Pierre ( who will help.

Key references:

  • T. C. W. Blanning (ed.), Europe, 1789-1914. The Nineteenth Century (Oxford ; New York, 2000).
  • Manfred Boemeke, Roger Chickering, and Stig Förster (eds.), Anticipating Total War: The German and American Experiences, 1871-1914 (Washington, D.C.; Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, 1999).
  • Stephen Broadberry and Mark Harrison (eds.), The Economics of World War I (Cambridge, 2009).
  • Roger Chickering and Stig Förster (eds.), Great War, Total War. Combat and Mobilization on the Western Front, 1914-1918 (Cambridge - New York, 2000).
  • Roger Chickering and Stig Förster (eds.), The Shadows of Total War: Europe, East Asia, and the United States, 1919-1939 (Cambridge, UK - New York, 2003).
  • Roger Chickering, Stig Förster, and Bernd Greiner (eds.), A World at Total War: Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-1945 (Washington D.C. - Cambridge, 2005).
  • Roger Chickering, Dennis E Showalter, and Hans J Van de Ven (eds.), The Cambridge History of War. Volume 4, War and the Modern World (Cambridge, 2012).
  • Mary Fulbrook (ed.), Europe since 1945 (Oxford ; New York, 2001).
  • Helen Graham, The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford ; New York, 2005).
  • Mark Harrison (ed.), The Economics of World War II: Six Great Powers in International Comparison (Cambridge, 1998).
  • Eric J. Hobsbawm, Age of Extremes. The Short Twentieth Century. 1914-1991 (London, 1994).
  • John Horne (ed.), A Companion to the First World War (Oxford, 2010).
  • Michael Howard, War in European History (Oxford, 2001).
  • Julian Jackson (ed.), Europe, 1900-1945 (Oxford [England] ; New York, 2002).
  • Edward H. Judge and John W. Langdon, The Cold War: A Global History with Documents (Boston, 2011).
  • Tony Judt, Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 (New York, 2005).
  • John Keegan, The Face of Battle. A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme (London, 1996).
  • John Merriman, A History of Modern Europe. From the French Revolution to the Present, 2 vols. (New York - London, 2004).
  • Odd Arne Westad (ed.), Reviewing the Cold War: Approaches, Interpretations, and Theory (London ; Portland, OR, 2000).

For a full reading list, including background reading for each seminar session, click hereLink opens in a new window.
This bibliography should be your first port of call, not Google, let alone Wikipedia...

Please contact your seminar tutor or the module convenor, if you have any query about the bibliography or about the type of sources and references to use in your work.