Modern European History (MA)
The MA in Modern European History offers you the opportunity to work with a group of historians of modern Europe who continue UEA’s long-standing reputation as a major centre for the study of the continent. There is a particular and distinctive concentration of expertise in the history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. This provides an ideal environment for students interested in the dilemmas and challenges faced by the great autocratic dynasties of Russia, Germany and the Habsburg Empire from the mid-19th century onwards.
We also cover the dramatic and devastating consequences of social and political change not just for these countries, but for the Balkans and for Europe as a whole. Students also examine the collapse of the dynastic empires and the re-shaping of Europe at the end of the First World War, and the causes and consequences of the two most dramatic episodes in the ‘short twentieth century’: the Bolshevik and Nazi revolutions. While you will be expected to concentrate your studies on one country, there is ample scope to pursue more comparative approaches to the history of Europe, particularly around themes such as nationalism and national identity, political mobilisation, or violence and genocide.
The School of History at UEA ranks in the top 10 departments in the UK, according to the 2014 Guardian University Guide. We offer our students a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, taught by one of the largest groups of historians in the country. 90 per cent of our research has been classified as being of international importance or better (RAE 2008).