Bloodlands: Global Warfare

Asks historical questions about warfare in the modern era. Analyses conflicts and state violence and their impacts on people and their governments in a global setting. Themes include: the causes, course and consequences of warfare; restraint in warfare; ideologies of war and peace; civil war and revolution; imperial warfare; genocide; the human impact and context of war.

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Course outline

HISTORY 205/309 covers the history of warfare and state violence in the period 1850-1950, marking a century of intense globalisation, industrialisation, social and political change.

Using case studies from around the globe, the course analyses a range of different types of warfare, including interstate warfare, revolutionary warfare (“people’s wars”, warfare from below), imperial warfare and state violence more generally (including genocide), and places them within their historical context.

It asks questions about the origins (why was there war in this context?) and conduct (how did this war evolve?) of particular conflicts and the ways in which individuals and communities have experienced, shaped, thought about and represented warfare across time.

Terms & Conditions

This programme gives you the opportunity to attend regular lectures in a selection of courses, alongside enrolled students as an observer. Please note that you are not eligible to attend tutorials, take part in assessments, sit for exams and will not have access to course material online. You will be provided with a course outline to keep you up to date with the topics discussed in class every week. This is a no-stress learning opportunity.


  • 12 weeks, 3 March - 4 June, Tuesday and Thursday, 2-3pm
  • $355.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Maartje Abbenhuis

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