The Visual Politics of War Volume Two

Learn why the Allies won World War Two, why the US lost in Vietnam and how nuclear weapons affect international security. Explore the themes and issues which drive 21st-century world politics, on a course which takes in conflict, poverty, inequality and trade. Despite knowing this, we are not seeing the necessary progress in areas such as increasing the number of women in elected office, the funding of women candidates, the resourcing of women’s rights organisations or women at the decision-making table. This is what we need to realise a world where equality, health and peace is prioritised.

  • Sharp analyses of topical news from a political science perspective, research summaries and the latest expert thinking.
  • Learn why the Allies won World War Two, why the US lost in Vietnam and how nuclear weapons affect international security.
  • I mean it’s so big that every fourth person on earth owes its allegiance to the British crown.
  • The Government Inspector was a dramatisation of the death of nuclear weapons expert David Kelly.
  • Causes of war provides an advanced introduction to key theories in historical and political studies on the deep origins and short term causes and justifications of modern wars and violent conflicts, looking every week at a different case study.
  • Those wars had made Austria-Hungary’s neighbour Serbia much larger, prompting tensions between the two nations to rise even further.

But while domestic tensions were rising in Britain, new tensions were coming to the fore in Europe. After defeating France in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, the most powerful German state Prussia allied with smaller Germanic states to create a united Germany, but this new nation wanted an empire of its own. The Royal Navy policed the waves so that its merchant ships could trade across the globe. This brought the British Empire vast wealth, but not all of its citizens were able to share in it.

Not only will you receive detailed feedback on the assessments which count towards your grade for a module, you will also have the opportunity to check your understanding and develop assessment skills through formative assessment. Formative assessment moves the focus away from the final grade and focuses instead on your ongoing learning process. On this module you will explore the theoretical explanations that have evolved to account for social revolutions. We will examine the works of scholars like Barrington Moore Jr, Theda Skocpol and Jack Goldstone. You will then apply their work to major social revolutions such as in America, France, Russia, China, as well as more contemporary situations such as the Arab Spring.

War and politics in the Elizabethan counties

There is even less chance of that, 14 years on, with the Beeb under the political screw. He is probably best-known for the Tudor period drama Wolf Hall but his filmography pulses with controversial, difficult pieces that shine a light into the heart of modern British life. The Government Inspector was a dramatisation of the death of nuclear weapons expert David Kelly. The uncannily prophetic Channel 4 drama The Undeclared War should be a wake-up call to the British public that is remembered for years to come. It is a tale of this summer, referencing the ousting of Boris Johnson and portraying a nation unnerved by Russia’s threat to daily life and global peace. Explore our online shop for products inspired by people’s experience of conflict.

Russian invasion is bringing destruction in Ukraine, but there is no more “democratic” way to carry on war. What we see is a general attempt to redraw global relations in a time when transnational dynamics and movements of people are shaking the very roots of a rotten geopolitical system. At 2pm on 4 August, it issued an ultimatum demanding Germany withdraw its troops. Britain’s entry into war was partially a reaction to larger anxieties about the balance of power in Europe, as well as its own security and position in the world. But by violating Belgium’s neutrality, Germany positioned itself as the belligerent aggressor and made British intervention a moral issue about the rights of small nations.

Authentic assessment

The Changing Character of War Centre is an Interdisciplinary research centre for the study of change in armed conflict. We are part of the University of Oxford, based at Pembroke College and the Department of Politics and International Relations. In the context of statebuilding and peacebuilding, Catherine Barnes of Conciliation Resources examines changes in ‘the political settlement’ in war-to-peace transitions. The course will provide both an introduction to political theory and to key approaches to international relations.

Europe before 1914

This module will teach you about the role of sea power, what navies do in warfare and diplomacy and why the world’s great naval powers became the world’s great global powers. Discover the history of ideas in political economy, and their modern relevance. You’ll explore the work of Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek and Joseph Stiglitz.