The Lens of War: American History through the Study of the Military

History 103D.006

Spring 2006
Instructor (text): 
186 Barrows
Day & Time: 
Th 12-2
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Recent decades have witnessed a surge in the popularity of military history among historians. War, scholars now recognize, accelerates and exposes latent social and cultural trends that otherwise are hard to discern. Surprisingly, however, American historians have been slow to exploit the vistas opened up by the study of the military. In this seminar we will take advantage of these opportunities by reading monographs centered upon war and the American military to examine such prominent historiographical issues as race, national identity, memory, gender, the growth of the federal Government, violence in American culture, and American economic development. Requirements: A survey knowledge of American history from the colonial period to the present, while not absolutely required, would be helpful. Active, consistent, and informed participation is expected; those missing more than 1 class without the express permission of the instructor cannot earn a passing grade for the course! There will be a 12-15 page term paper and one or two shorter papers.