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Diplomacy, Intelligence and Armaments Competition: The origins of the Second World War, 1931-1941 (Module)

Module description

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years.


This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the major historiographical controversies surrounding the origins of World War Two;
  • examine at the national and international levels the breakdown of international peace in the 1930s; and
  • provide students with an understanding of historical context, interpretation and the use of evidence, including primary sources.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the historiographical debates on the origins of World War Two;
  • Analyse the competing explanations for the origins of the Second World War within the context of the historiography; and
  • To comment on the context, content and significance of select primary sources.

Staff information

Professor Joseph Maiolo*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full Year 40-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 360 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework & Exam*

Key information

Module code 7SSWM006

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 40

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No