History, Memory and the Creation of Identity
In most human societies, history and memory are important in the creation of identity. For example, consider how recent political debates often involve debates about the relevance of particular strands of history (such as `empire¿) to modern society. This module explores these relationships from the ancient societies of Egypt, Greece, and Rome to the modern world. It is designed to provide Foundation Year students intending to pursue degrees in Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology or History with an opportunity to reflect critically on what the past means and how we go about studying it.
Students produce a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a historical topic, chosen in conjunction with their supervisor. This represents the culmination of the History MAs, and constitutes Part Two of the programme.
Europe of Extremes, 1789–1989
The nineteenth century saw the rise of a western European civilization, characterized, as Eric Hobsbawm has noted, by capitalist economics, liberal politics, and the dominance of a middle class that celebrated morality and science. In the twentieth century this civilization faced unprecedented challenges from new political ideologies, and from a working class demanding the right to govern in its own name. The result was an eruption of violence not seen on the continent for centuries; in its wake, the Cold War divided the Europe with an Iron Curtain, and saw the continent become the client of two world superpowers ¿ the USA and the Soviet Union. This team-taught module relies on the specialist knowledge of its tutors to examine economic, political and social themes in the history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe.
History is an imprecise art and what historians say and write about the past is not the same as what actually happened in the past. Most people's knowledge about the past doesn't come from professional historians at all but rather from 'public history'. Public history is the collective understandings of the past that exist outside academic discipline of history. It is derived from a diverse range of sources including oral traditions, legends, literature, art, films and television.
This module will introduce you to the study and presentation of the past. It will consider how the content, aims and methods of academic and public history compare and contrast and you will engage in your own small research project to investigate this. The module will also teach you about the fundamentals of studying and writing history at university. You will learn about essay writing, group work and critical analysis and employ these skills to understand and assess history today, both as an academic activity and as public knowledge.
Britain and the World, 1800–2000
This module will provide an overview of the history of British politics, society, culture, and the economy from c. 1800 to the present, from a national and international perspective. The lectures and seminars for this module will give students the opportunity to engage closely with events, processes, and people - both male and female, from diverse ethnic backgrounds - who contributed to the making of the modern British state and society, and who defined Britain¿s relationship with the wider world. We will discuss the transformative impact of warfare, Empire and colonialism, industrial and technological change. We will also consider the significance of race, class, and gender, and how they relate to national sentiment and social and political emancipation movements in Britain and beyond.
Rhyfel Cartref America
Bydd y modiwl yma yn ffocysu ar Rhyfel Cartref America, un o ddigwyddiadau ffurfiannol yr Unol Daleithiau sydd dal a¿i effaith i deimlo heddiw. Mae¿r themau a drafodir yn cynnwys caethwasiaeth, cenedlaetholdeb, hanes filwrol, personoliaeth a dylanwad Lincoln, a dylanwad y rhyfel ar y Cymry Cymraeg. Bydd y cwrs felly yn trafod amryw o agweddau ar y Rhyfel Cartref, a cefnogi hwn gyda thrafodaeth o ffynonellau cynradd.
Gan ddechrau yn yr 1850au a cynnig amlinelliad o wlad a gwleidyddiaeth yr Unol Daleithiau, bydd y cwrs yn symud ymlaen i drafod gwahaniaethau rhwng y Gogledd a¿r De a¿r rhesymau am ddechreuad y rhyfel. Ar ol trafod ystod eang o themau a hanes milwrol y rhyfel, daw¿r cwrs i ben wrth amlinellu effeithiau¿r rhyfel a¿r Adluniad (Reconstruction).
Bydd profiad pobol Duon, yn cynnwys caethwasiaeth a¿u profiad nhw o¿r rhyfel, yn thema ganolog trwy gydol y cwrs. Byddwn hefyd yn ystyried yn agos profiad y Cymry o¿r rhyfel, yn adeiladu ar waith Jerry Hunter a Gethin Matthews a chymryd mantais o¿r dewis eang o ffynonellau cynradd sydd ar gael yn y Gymraeg. Felly ynghyd a chynnig styriaeth ddwfn o un o ddigwyddiadau pwysicaf hanes America, bydd y cwrs hefyd yn annog ystyriaeth o¿r hanes yma o safbwynt Cymraeg a Chymreig.
Credoau'r Cymry: Astudio Athroniaeth ac Athrawiaeth Gymreig o Safbwynt Rhyngwladol
Cyflwyniad i syniadau rhai o ffigyrau mwyaf adnabyddus yn hanes Cymru yw hanfod y modiwl hwn. Fe fydd myfyrwyr yn cael y cyfle i astudio unigolion megis Glyndwr, Robert Owen, Aneurin Bevan a Gwynfor Evans. Mae¿n cynnig i fyfyrwyr dealltwriaeth o rai o¿u hegwyddorion a chysyniadau craidd. Dadansoddir yr athroniaethau mewn cyd-destun rhyngwladol, gan ystyried eu cysylltiadau gyda digwyddiadau a syniadau ehangach yr oes. Trwy fabwysiadu¿r safbwynt yma, ceir cyfle nid yn unig i ymgyfarwyddo â syniadau cynhenid Cymreig, ond hefyd dod i ddeall hanfodion ysgolion o feddwl ehangach megis sosialaeth, cenedlaetholdeb a heddychiaeth.
The Practice of History
The purpose of the module is to encourage you to think more deeply about how historians work and, in particular, about how we as historians can locate and use primary historical sources effectively as a means of interpreting and understanding the past. During the module we will learn about the survival of historical evidence, how it is organised and made accessible to historians to undertake their research, and how to effectively locate and interpret it in your studies. We will consider how the process of doing historical research changes over time, in particular with the impact of recent developments like digitization.
At the core of the module will be the work you undertake with others in your seminar group using a range of primary sources which your seminar tutor will introduce to you. As part of the module assessment you will also undertake your own primary source based research project using items from these collections. The module is designed strengthen your analytical skills and to help prepare you for the more extensive uses of primary evidence which you will encounter in final year special subjects and dissertation.
Y Rhyfel Mawr trwy lygaid y Cymry
Bydd 'Y Rhyfel Mawr trwy lygaid y Cymry' yn cynnig arolwg eang o ddylanwad y Rhyfel Mawr ar bobl Cymru, ac ar ddiwylliant Cymreig a Chymraeg. Ni fydd yr astudiaeth yn cyfyngu ei hunan i ddigwyddiadau 1914-18, ond yn hytrach bydd yn trafod y cyfnod o 1880 i'r presennol. Byddwn yn cychwyn trwy edrych ar sut oedd y Cymry yn edrych ar eu safle yn y byd yn y degawdau cyn y Rhyfel, ac yn ystyried effaith yr ymladd ar feddylfryd y Cymry ar y pryd, ac yn y degawdau ers y cadoediad. Wrth astudio sut mae'r Rhyfel wedi cael ei bortreadu a'i gofio yn y Gymraeg byddwn yn dadansoddi sut mae¿r newidiadau yn y coffáu yn adlewyrchu¿r sefyllfa g yfredol yng Nghymru.
The History dissertation is a free-standing, 40-credit module that runs across both semesters of Level Three. Candidates conduct research upon a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of staff teaching for the degrees in History, and concerning a topic that falls within staff research and teaching interests.
Histories of Empire
Throughout most of history up until the middle of the twentieth century, the majority of the world¿s population were subjects of an empire. From the empires of the Ancient World through to the European colonial networks of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, these empires have straddled continents and brought people from different ethnicities and cultures under the rule of Caesars, kings and emperors. Despite the clear distinctions between empires in different time-periods and continents, these organisations share a range of similarities in their operation and guiding principles. Some phenomena such as the `civilising mission¿ and `imperial over-reach¿ can be seen in a variety of circumstances down the centuries. Many empires can be said to have followed the same trajectory, rising from the ashes of previous empires, conquering territories and defending them jealously from rivals, and ending in a hubris-driven collapse.
This module will look at the growth, management and decline of a range of empires, with a particular focus upon the modern period. It will compare the operation of empires, both across time and synchronically. A range of themes will be covered, including the machinery of rulership over different parts of an empire; the treatment of subjected peoples; issues of race and racial hierarchies; the role of technology; profit and empire; the philosophical underpinnings of empire; popular ideas about imperialism and the aftermath of empire.
Heritage Dissertation (Written)
Students produce a dissertation on a heritage topic, chosen and developed in conjunction with their supervisor in line with the standard Faculty MA requirements.