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MO4806 Britain and the Thirty Years' War (1618 - 1648)

SCOTCAT credits:60
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Semester:Whole Year
Availability restrictions:Available only to students in the second year of the Honours programme.
Planned timetable:See

This module explores the wider issues raised by the entanglement of Scotland in the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648, covering both the diplomatic and military aspects of the conflict. The module illuminates the political processes that led to the participation of as many as 50,000 Scottish troops in the war that took place at the heart of the Holy Roman Empire initially through loyalty to the Scottish princess Elizabeth Stuart, wife of Frederick V of the Palatinate. The module covers the official alliances of the Stuart regime, the independent diplomacy of the Scottish parliament and the actions of numerous influential Scots involved with the combatant nations.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for History, Modern History, Scottish History and BA (Intl Hons) History.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 3-hour meeting, plus 1 office hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 66
  • Guided independent study: 564

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 30%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 70%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 30%, Coursework = 70%
UG Re-assessment:New Coursework: 1 x source exercise (2,000 - 2,500 words) and 1 x 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof S Murdoch
Module teaching staff:Prof S Murdoch