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,” and “East” and “West”? 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 map of the continent has changed over the past century and whether it is possible to write a single history of Europe.

Lecturers: Dr Molly Pucci; Dr Patrick Houlihan.

Date, Time and Place

Day-time course: Time and venue to be confirmed. This course will be taught online due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. Online lectures may be prerecorded and made available at the time the lectures should be scheduled, or they may be live on Zoom. Live lectures are not
necessarily recorded, so you may have to attend at the time stated.

www.histories-humanities.tcd.ie/shortcourses for updates or text ‘INFO’ to 087 257 2015.


This lecture-only module comprises of two lectures per week over one term commencing in September 2021.

Course Fees

€150 for the course. The concession rate for the course is €75.* * The concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is a Social Welfare pension or payment, Jobseekers, Health Board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.


Please check our website www.histories-humanities.tcd.ie/shortcourses after 16 August for updates on enrolment dates and term dates.

Applications in person and by post for 2021-22 courses are suspended.

You may apply online or by phone* as follows:

ONLINE: You may register and pay by credit/debit card online at www.histories-humanities.tcd.ie/shortcourses AFTER enrolments open for each term.

By telephone: Please text ‘APPLY FOR COURSE’ to 087 257 2015* and you will receive a call back from us.

Please note that the phone will be very busy during the application period and staff continue to work from home so there may be a delay in replying to your call. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

* Text only phone.