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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST3785 Europe on the Move: Refugees and Resettlement, 1919-59

40 creditsClass Size: 16

Module manager: Dr Matthew Frank

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module examines the emergence of the European refugee problem in the twentieth century. We will look at how states and multilateral institutions responded to successive crises, as well as at the international machinery developed to cope with them and the myriad of schemes proposed and put in place to resettle Europe’s 'problem populations'. We will also focus on the relationship between refugees and the development of the modern nation-state, including how refugee crises helped foster national consciousness among displaced populations.Although the main focus of the module is on the period between the end of the First World War and the late 1950s, we will also discuss how the refugee issue developed with the emergence of the doctrine of 'human rights' and the early Cold War, as well as the impact decolonization had on the European refugee problem.


On completing this module students will:
a) have a deeper understanding of a broad period of modern European history from a comparative perspective
b) have a greater awareness of the role that refugees/refugee problems have played in shaping in modern Europe
c) be able to differentiate between forced migrations, their causes and consequences
d) be able to engage with conceptual issues on the theme of displacement
e) have a firm grasp of the historiographical controversies surrounding this topic as well as of relevant primary sources.


1. CONCEPTS: What is a refugee?
2. THEMES: Why the twentieth century?
3. Russians
4. Greeks
6. Armenians
7. France
8. Evian
9. Birobidzhan
10. Britain
11. 'M-Project'
12. OVERVIEW: Problems of Postwar Displacement
13. Forced repatriation
14. Germans
15. Jewish DPs and Israel
16. International Refugee Organization
17. United Nations High Commission for Refugees
19. Hungarians
20. World refugee year
21. Decolonization
22. Revision.

Semester 1: 1919-45
Semester 2: 1945-59.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours356.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Weekly seminar discussions
- One-to-one dissertation discussion
- Oral presentation of students' research in class.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 word assessed essay to be submitted Monday of exam week 2, semester 140.00
Oral Presentation1 x oral presentation to be delivered in tutorial10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:25:09


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