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

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: Full 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.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 3-hour meeting, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 66

Guided independent study hours: 534

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 30%, Coursework = 70%

Re-assessment: New Coursework: 1 x source exercise (2,500 words) and 1 x 5,000-word essay = 100%


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