War, crisis and development of the United States of America

This module provides an advanced introduction to the central issues of war in the development of the United States of America.

The American Civil war was integral to the nation’s economic development in the nineteenth century and the US entry into the First World War, at its denouement, marked a coming out on the international stage in the so-called ‘American Century’. The emergence of the United States as a superpower came from the nation’s experience in the second global conflict of the twentieth century. A more troubling history has followed: the scars of Vietnam cast a shadow over the nation for at least a generation and coloured conflict since in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Topics covered

  • The Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
  • American Civil War (1861–1865)
  • World War I (1917-1918)
  • World War II (1941-1945)
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Afghanistan 2001 to Date

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of the nature of conflict in the development of the United States of America. 
  • demonstrate a sound grounding in both theoretical and empirical approaches and tools to conceptual debates on conflict and war and their relation to diplomacy.
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of issues in war and conflict in the development of the United States in historical and contemporary contexts with implications for global policy and governance development by showing a command of relevant sources in both formative and summative assessments. 


  • E-tivity 1 – Access and Socialisation 0%
  • E-tivity 2 – Library Information retrieval 5%
  • E-tivity 3 – Literature critique (directed) 5%
  • E-tivity 4 – Essay Proposal 15%
  • E-tivity 5 – Literature critique (bespoke) 5%
  • E-tivity 6 – An essay to be electronically submitted as final assessment 70%