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Course Structure: Honour School Examinations (Finals)

The following provides an example of courses typically available. It cannot be guaranteed that university lectures or classes or college teaching will be offered in all subjects in every academic year.

For details of modern history courses please see the Faculty of History website.

Paper I

One of four periods of Greek or Roman History:

Greek History 478-403 BC
Greek History 403-336 BC
Roman History 146-46 BC
Roman History 46 BC- AD 54

Paper II

Either, one of eighteen periods of General History as specified for the Honour School of History.
Or one of seven periods of the History of the British Isles as specified for the Honour School of History.

Paper III

Choose from either:

a. A Further Subject in Ancient History

Athenian Democracy in the Classical Age
Politics, Society and Culture from Nero to Hadrian
Religions in the Greek and Roman World C. 31 BC – AD 312
The Greek and the Mediterranean World 950-500 BC
Art under the Roman Empire, AD 14-337


b. A Further Subject in Modern History

Anglo-Saxon Archaeology c.600-750: Society and Economy in the Early Christian period
The Near East in the Age of Justinian and Muhammad, 527-c.700
The Carolingian Renaissance
The Viking Age: War and Peace, c. 750-1100
The Crusades
Culture and Society in Early Renaissance Italy, 1290-1348
Flanders and Italy in the Quattrocento, 1420-80 (suspended in 2012-13)
The Wars of the Roses, 1450-1500
Women, Gender and Print Culture in Reformation England, c.1530-1640
Literature and Politics in Early Modern England
English Society in the Seventeenth Century (suspended in 2012-13)
Court Culture and Art in Early Modern England 1580-1700
The Military and Society in Britain and France, c.1650-1815
The Metropolitan Crucible, London 1685-1815
The First Industrial Revolution, 1700-1870
Medicine, Empire, and Improvement, 1720-1820
The Age of Jefferson, 1774-1826
Culture and Society in France from Voltaire to Balzac
Nationalism in Western Europe, 1799-1890
Intellect and Culture in Victorian Britain
The Authority of Nature: Race, Heredity and Crime, 1800-1940
The Middle East in the Age of Empire, 1830-1971 (new subject)
Imperialism and Nationalism, 1830-1980
Modern Japan, 1868-1972
British Economic History since 1870 (as prescribed for the Honour School of Philosophy, politics and Economics)
Revolutionary Mexico, 1910-40 (suspended in 2012-13)
Nationalism, Politics and Culture in Ireland, c.1870-1921
A Comparative History of the First World War, 1914-20
China since 1900 (New title)
The Soviet Union, 1924-41
Culture, Politics and Identity in Cold War Europe, 1945-68
Britain at the Movies: Film and National Identity since 1914
Scholastic and Humanist Political Thought
The Science of Society, 1650-1800
Political Theory and Social Science c.1780-1920

Paper IV

Choose from either:

a. A Special Subject in Ancient History (two papers)

Alexander the Great and his Early Successors (336 BC–302 BC)
Cicero: Politics and Thought in the Late Republic


b. A Special Subject in Modern History (one paper and one extended essay).

St Augustine and the Last Days of Rome, 370-430
Francia in the Age of Clovis and Gregory of Tours.
Byzantium in the Age of Constantine Porphyrogenitus, 913-959.
The Norman Conquest of England.
Royal Art and Architecture in Norman Sicily, 1130-94 (suspended 2010-11)
Saint Francis and Saint Clare.
England in Crisis, 1374-88
Joan of Arc and her Age, 1419-35
Painting and Culture in Ming China
Politics, Art and Culture in the Italian Renaissance: Venice and Florence, c. 1475-1525.
Luther and the German Reformation
Government, Politics, and Society in England, 1547-58.
The Scientific Movement in the Seventeenth Century.
Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1647-58.
English Architecture, 1660-1720.
Debating Social Change in Britain and Ireland 1770-1825
Church, State, and English Society, 1829-54. (suspended until further notice)
Growing up in the middle-class family: Britain, 1830-70
Slavery and the Crisis of the Union, 1854-65.
Political Pressures and Social Policy, 1899-1914. (suspended for 2010-11)
Art and its Public in France, 1815-67.
The Russian Revolution of 1917.
India, 1919-1939: Contesting the Nation.
The sex age: gender, sexuality and culture in 1920s Britain
The Great Society Era, 1960-70.
Nazi Germany, a racial order, 1933-45.
France from the Popular Front to the Liberation, 1936-44.
War and Reconstruction: ideas, politics and social change, 1939-45.
The Northern Ireland Troubles, 1965-85.
The Evolution of a Modern Metropolis: London 1955-75.

Paper V

Disciplines of History

The intention of Disciplines of History is to encourage students to reflect on the changing nature of the historical discipline, on differing historical methodologies and on comparative history.

Paper VI

A thesis from original research

You must offer a thesis, to be submitted by the end of Hilary Term of your Final year, as part of your Final assessment. The thesis may be in either Ancient or Modern History.

Paper VII

An optional additional thesis

In addition to Paper VI, you may also submit a second thesis. The thesis may be in either Ancient or Modern History.

Paper VIII

An optional language paper

a. Intermediate Ancient Greek
b. Intermediate Latin