- Code WARS6006
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of Pacific Affairs
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject War Studies
- Areas of interest History, Pacific Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, International Security
The extension of World War II to the Pacific Theatre in 1942 signalled a new era in the technology of war and profoundly shaped the modern history of the Asia Pacific region. This course is the first in the world to combine Allied, Japanese and Pacific Islander understandings of the Pacific War with particular attention to the South West Pacific. It complements the existing emphasis on the perspective from the United States and is distinctive in making 'space' for Islander experiences. Attention is divided equally between a narrative history of the events of conflict, and a multi-thematic consideration of the consequences and implications of World War II in the Islands. These legacies are addressed through issues as diverse as military technology and strategy, health and environment, Pacific Island lives and post-war political developments in the region. The course offers a fresh approach to a watershed in regional history, and should appeal to students in History, Peace and Conflict Studies, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Development Studies and International Relations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of key actors, events, locations, and interests in the Island theatre of the Pacific War and in its aftermath
- Identify and analyse distinct interpretations and representations of the Pacific War from Allied, Japanese and Pacific Islander standpoints
- Evaluate and differentiate between scholarly and popular analyses of the Pacific War's origins, impacts and modern-day legacies
- Critically examine and contextualize a wide range of primary historical sources such as film, photography, press reports, archival documents, monuments and private letters
- Integrate individual and competing perspectives on the Pacific War into cogent critiques of the existing historical literature
- Develop advanced written communication skills to clearly and confidently articulate historical arguments supported by original research
- Primary Source Analysis (800 words) (15) [LO 2,3,4]
- Biographical Exercise (1,000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,4]
- Book Review Exercise (1,000 words) (20) [LO 3,5]
- Research Essay (3,000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, both interactive/seminar based and independent research. The course comprises a maximum of 6,000 words of assessment or the equivalent. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There is no assigned textbook for this course. All required readings are available on Wattle.
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|21 Jul 2025
|28 Jul 2025
|31 Aug 2025
|24 Oct 2025