No to War For a Transnational Politics of Peace

The causes of the First World War are complex, they’re still debated to this day. The nations didn’t realize it at the time, but their attempts to defend what they perceived as their own national interests created a war that would shape Europe for decades to come. Most participants expected the war to be over by Christmas, but as we know the reality was very different. When Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia Russia came in to back the Serbs in defence of a fellow Slavic nation. When Germany, in support of its ally, then declared war on Russia that brought France into the war on Russia’s side. Italy however did not join the war, as its alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary was a defensive pact.

This module examines the historical origins of European integration, using various theoretical and conceptual approaches. You will also discuss contemporary debates and issues surrounding the EU, such as the democratic deficit, enlargement and withdrawal, and the Euro. This module is your introduction to the academic study of Politics. You will become familiar with basic terms, concepts, methodologies and issues in the study of politics, preparing you for the rest of your degree. We will explore the diverse definitions and the scope of politics, and discuss what politics means to you.

BA Politics and International Relations

Study the relationship between ideas, the people who promote them, and political practice. From Plato, to Machiavelli, explore just how influential and dangerous ideas can be. Ultimately, this module is about how to win wars and achieve objectives in the face of the enemy. You’ll learn how strategy works, why it often doesn’t work, and how to use it better. An introduction to the political culture and institutions of the USA.

  • Germany’s war plan was time-sensitive, being based upon beating France before Russia could get its army fully into action.
  • Russian invasion is bringing destruction in Ukraine, but there is no more “democratic” way to carry on war.
  • The BBC had “forgotten what it’s for”, which was “to ask awkward questions, to rock the boat and make mischief”.
  • Ultimately, this module is about how to win wars and achieve objectives in the face of the enemy.
  • The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees.

Europe’s leaders went to war with the general support of their citizens. This was especially important in Britain, where there was no compulsory military service and recruitment would be dependent on voluntary enlistment. More broadly our degree opens up to sectors that value critical research skills and a good knowledge of modern history and politics, such as media, journalism, law, politics, government, museums, archives, and publishing.

Your academic skills

The assassination of Franz Ferdinand stoked old tensions beyond the Balkans. The crisis spread as other powers pledged support for either Austria or Serbia. Austria knew that conflict with Serbia would likely involve Russia, which saw itself as Serbia’s protector. On 5 July, Germany promised Austria full support for a severe response against Serbia. Austria-Hungary’s aggression towards Serbia and Russian support for Serbia in the aftermath of the assassination stemmed from fears that, if either backed down, they would lose credibility and prestige as great powers.

Germany invades Belgium

You will study the characteristics of authoritarian systems, the structures, actors and actions that foster and maintain them. You will also consider the place of authoritarian systems in international politics, and examine their relationships with totalitarianism and democracy. We will use case studies to illustrate and analyse theoretical and conceptual approaches to authoritarianism. The world and its issues and debates do not neatly divide into discrete subjects. This module is about how politics overlaps and interacts with other fields of study. You will consider case studies that incorporate perspectives from both politics and other subjects as you gain an interdisciplinary approach to politics.