Civil war, or ‘internal war’, is one of the oldest forms of armed conflict. Since the end of the Cold War, they have also gradually replaced inter-state wars as the most common form of political violence. In Europe, however, it was arguably in the first half of the twentieth century that civil war violence spread like a pandemic.
In this seminary, we will discuss at a number of case studies that shaped the period between 1919 and 1949 and investigate how a comparative perspective on internal conflicts such as the Irish Civil War, the Russian and Spanish Civil Wars or the Greek Civil War might enhance our understanding of the period and the dynamics of violence more generally.
Prof. Ulrike von Hirschhausen, Rostock and Prof. Robert Gerwarth, Dublin, as a tandem, will teach this digital seminary with English as the language of instruction. Within our new project “Digital outgoing” we invite students from Rostock and the University College Dublin, our Erasmus partner university, to meet co-students from abroad and get engaged in a discussion on civil wars in the 20th century. An excursion to Ireland in summer 2022 is planned depending on the COVID-situation. Financed by „Digital Outgoing“, Historical Institute Rostock.
Limited to 20 Students from each University
Einschreibezeitraum für Studierende ab dem 2. Semester:
14.02.2022, 12:00 Uhr bis 18.03.2022, 16:00 Uhr
18.03.2022, 16:10 Uhr
Stathis Kalyvas, The Logic of Civil War (Cambridge, 2000).
David Armitage, Civil Wars: A History in Ideas (Yale UP, 2017).
Stanley Payne, Civil War in Europe, 1905-1949 (Cambridge, 2011).