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Department of History
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield, England S10 2TN
MA Modern History
Historians have long been fascinated by modernity and the societies to which it gave rise. From the French Revolution, human history has been marked by state-sponsored attempts to transform social and cultural life, from the dechristianisation campaigns of the Terror to the recreation of non-Euorpean societies by imperialism and the mass mobilisations of state socialism and the two world wars. Many of these attempts at transformation have given rise to episodes of appalling violence and genocide. Yet modernity has also brought undoubted benefits, not least the extraordinary human and scientific progress experienced first in the West. Representative government, the growth of the press and mass media, the rise of consumer culture and, in the twentieth century, the experience of sustained affluence made a real difference to the length and quality of ordinary people's lives and fostered new forms of participatory politics and social movements.
The MA in Modern History examines these changes, allowing you to explore the political cleavages and cultural uncertainty unleashed by the great revolutions. the mobilisations and resistance of the two world wars, and the transnational forces of empire, and globalisation. A focus on contemporary history introduces you to the political and strategic imperatives of the Cold War as well as the new sense of the individual fostered by the counter-culture of the 1960s, shown in both the West's burgeoning interest in sexuality, subjectivity and the politics of protest, and the internationalist agenda set by the liberation struggles of the developing and decolonising world.
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In State Tuition (per year): 12160 GBP