War and Medicine
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
29 May 2019
Requisites for this module
Both medicine and the military are social phenomena. From the middle of the 19th century, medicine came to play an increasingly central role in the emergence of modern mass and industrialised warfare. In addition to the maintenance of discipline and morale, medicine also provided administrative and technical support to what became known as the 'total' wars in the 20th century. This module examines the relationship between medicine and the military in the 'modernisation' of societies during the 19th century and 20th century. It asks to what extent medicine contributed to the 'rationalisation' of military management?
This module allows students to integrate modern warfare and medicine into the familiar terrain of historical studies and methods and into pre-existing models of society, culture, or power.
On completing this module, student will have gained understanding of the process in which medicine, from disease eradication to health care, and hygienic rituals as well as health propaganda, contributed to the ‘rationalisation’ of military management. This ‘rationalisation’ process mirrored the new disciplinary regime in civil society in the 19th and 20th century. Thus students will be able to make an informed analysis of how industrial capitalism and associated developments in the public sphere accelerated the increasing medicalisation of both the military and the civilian society.
General Reading List:
Max Weber, 'The Technological Advantages of Bureaucratic Organisation', in From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology, ed. by H. Gerth and C. W. Mills (Routledge, 1970)
Roger Cooter, Harrison Mark and Steven Sturdy, War, Medicine and Modernity (Sutton Publishing, 1998)
(eds.), Medicine and Modern Warfare (Rodopi, 1999)
1 x 2 hour seminar per week
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||5,000 Word Extended Essay
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Xun Zhou
Graduate Administrator, Department of History, Telephone: 01206 872190
Dr Paul Corthorn
Queen's University Belfast
Senior Lecturer in Modern British History
Available via Moodle
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