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Module Details

Context of Module

This module may be taken by students on the MA in Religious and Social History, the MA in History or any taught Master's student outside the History Department.


Module Aims

This module aims to provide an introduction to the methodological and theoretical issues involved in researching and writing on violence in Europe between c. 1500 and c. 1700. It serves both to encourage students to think in theoretical terms about the ways in which the experience of violence can be historically reconstructed and to expose them to the opportunities and problems presented by a variety of evidence. These sources include letters, diaries, broadsheets, pamphlets, newspapers, chronicles, histories, songs, plays, engravings, woodcuts, and paintings, as well as legislation and court records. The module will draw on insights from neighbouring disciplines including anthropology, gender studies, history of art, law, literary criticism, politics, sociology and social theory.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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