War and Peace in Modern Europe



In this module, we discuss how Europe was defined and redefined through war, military occupation, civil conflicts, and peace agreements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Drawing on examples of various—through often interrelated—conflicts, we discuss several major questions: How did international and civil conflicts shape European culture and politics? Why was the twentieth century so violent? How did Europe become divided into 'right' and 'left,' 'West' and 'East'? How are these conflicts and political extremes remembered or forgotten today?

Comparing writings and films from across the continent, including Britain, Poland, Spain, Yugoslavia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Germany, we ask how the continental map has changed over a century and whether it is possible to write a single history of Europe.

This course is led by senior trinity academics Dr. Molly Pucci and Dr. Patrick Houlihan.

Date, Time and Place

This lecture-only module comprises of two lectures per week over one term commencing in September 2024.

Please check the School of Histories and Humanities website for updates on this course at: www.histories-humanities.tcd.ie/shortcourses/

Course Fees

€170 full rate, €90 concession rate.

The concession rate is available to all those retired, over 65s, and those on a government pension / payment plan and the unwaged, including second- and third-level students.


Please check our website in August for updates on enrolment and term dates at: www.histories-humanities.tcd.ie/shortcourses

You may apply online or by telephone as follows:

Online: Register and pay by credit/debit card online after enrolments open at: www.histories-humanities.tcd.ie/shortcourses

By telephone: Text ‘APPLY FOR COURSE’ to +353 (0)87 2572015 and you will receive a call back confirming your registration. The phone will be busy during the application period so responses may be delayed. Please do not call to enroll for this course.

Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8968589 or TEXT 087 257 2015