History of Warfare and British Society Online History Study Course & Assessment

Take our History of Warfare and British online study course. Learn all about key developments in British society and warfare in ancient & modern times. Share with your students and let them complete at home.

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Course Overview

In medieval times, war was part just a part of life for all levels of society. Being a feudal society, the king was supported by his nobles, and the nobles were supported by knights, all of whom were rewarded with land and wealth. In this section of the course, we will focus on the composition of the army, the significant role of the cavalry and new formations, forms of recruitment under feudalism, and the impact of war on civilians.

The reign of the Tudor dynasty was marked by upheaval. Though Henry VII was cautious and thrifty after the War of the Roses, Henry VIII was ambitious and a war-maker. The development of science and technology led to the emergence of more accurate, gunpowder-based weapons and the decline of hand-to-hand combat. The collapse of feudalism brought the need for the establishment of a standing army.

Remember in c1700 and before, soldiers used to go to war with guns, which were rarely accurate;  and combatants were often poorly trained. Now, by 1900, powerful artillery dominated the battlefield. This part of the course, you will understand and explore how and how fast warfare changed thanks to the continuous progress in technology and science in England between c1700 and c1900.

Violence and conflict have always been present throughout history. Starting with simple weapons, people have since developed ever more advanced methods to fight and kill. Aside from being a bloodbath, the First World War led to a revolution in military tactics and technologies. Automated weapons, massive tanks and aircrafts changed the history of warfare. In general, weapons are more reliable and have a very accurate range of fire. WWI was followed by WWII in 1939 and the Cold War which further developed high-tech weaponry.

This self-guided course is designed for you to work through on your own using the resources and suggested learning activities provided.

Over the four lessons in the course, you'll learn about the reasons behind the History of Warfare and British Society, and the developments in warfare across different eras from medieval, early modern, industrial, and modern Britain.

Part 1: Warfare in Medieval England

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, discuss the nature of medieval warfare, including the composition of the army and new weapons, analyse the relations between social structure, army command, and recruitment; and assess the impact of war on civilians.

Part 1 Quiz: Warfare in Medieval England

Take this quiz to make sure you understand the Warfare in Medieval England lesson.

Part 2: Warfare in Early Modern England

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, understand the nature of warfare in early modern England; be familiar with the formation of the New Model Army and its role during the English Civil War; and assess the impact of war on civilians.

Part 2 Quiz: Warfare in Early Modern England

Take this quiz to make sure you understand the Warfare in Early Modern England.

Part 3: Warfare in Industrial Britain

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, analyse the composition and recruitment of the army and weaponry; be familiar with the features and importance of Cardwell’s reforms; and evaluate the significance of newspaper reporting and photography in the Crimean and Boer War

Part 3 Quiz: Warfare in Industrial Britain

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Part 4: Warfare in Modern Britain

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, understand the nature of warfare since c.1900; analyse how the First and Second World Wars changed warfare and public attitudes; and assess the impacts of WWI and WWII on civilians.

Part 4 Quiz: Warfare in Modern Britain

Take this quiz to make sure you understand the Warfare in Modern Britain.