Fall 2008

An Introduction to Military History: War in the Modern World

Listed in: History, as HIST-95


Kevin M. Sweeney (Section 01)


(C) This seminar will introduce students to the study of military history by examining topics ranging from 1500 to the present. While the focus will be on Europe and America, the seminar will also look comparatively at the impact of gunpowder during the early modern era, nineteenth-century imperial wars, global warfare in the twentieth century and wars of national liberation. Among the topics to be considered are the Western Way of War, the Military Revolution, an American Way of War, the modernity of the American Civil War, the strategic impact of airpower, and modern guerilla warfare and counterinsurgency. Reading assignments will be generous. In addition to two book reviews, participants will write a twenty-page research paper and report orally on their projects. One meeting a week. Instructor consent required. Limited to 20 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor K. Sweeney.