The use and abuse of history in 20th century wars and conflicts

Course Dates: 01/12/19
Time: 11:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This course will investigate the way in which memory and the past is utilised during times of conflict.


What is the course about?

Many communities all over the world have seen the previous century defined mostly by violence, conflict and war. In many places, belligerent governments have often (ab)used the past in what we can call memory politics to legitimise hatred. Similarly, wars and conflicts have also left deep historical wounds around the world, many of which have taken decades to heal or have yet to heal. This session explores these troubling but important dimensions of the 20th century.

What will we cover?

Following an introduction to 20th century memory politics around the world, the session explores memory politics before and during war and conflict on the one hand and memory politics, reconciliation and trauma after war and conflict on the other.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

This session will introduce you to the upsetting but important topic of the destructive and restorative roles history have played in relation to various conflicts and wars around the world in the 20th century.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The session is ‘introductory’ and does not require previous studies on the topic. However, curiosity and a willingness to discuss will help both your learning and class discussion. This session may also be seen as an appetiser for or shorter version of the course ‘History and memory in society and international politics’.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The session does not require prior work. The session will be a combination of teacher presentation, brief individual or team exercises, and, most importantly, group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might find a notebook or electronic device useful for notes. A folder for handouts might also be handy.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please see the City Lit website: for further courses in the contemporary history and politics section.

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Book your place

Course Code: HWH11

Sun, day, 01 Dec - 01 Dec '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £39.00
Senior fee: £31.00
Concession: £20.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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