History 101.007

Fall 2007
Instructor (text): 
2505 Tolman
Day & Time: 
TuTh 9:30-11
A former civilian in the Defense Department, the instructor earned an M.A. from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in National Security Affairs. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. History at Berkeley. His publications are on civil-military relations and naval history.

Warfare is a dynamic and disturbing international phenomenon. This research seminar will afford serious students the opportunity to explore in-depth, through the research and writing of an original thesis, a facet of war and society. Students will be challenged to think broadly about the history of warfare from political, economic, strategic, social, intellectual, and cultural perspectives. Students may select from a diverse range of topics that include but are not limited to: the experience of battle; the development of strategic thought; doctrinal, technological and organizational innovations; industrial and cultural mobilization; conscription; pro- and anti-war movements; humanitarian intervention; atrocities; and international, foreign, and domestic policies and legislation. Library and archival collections at Berkeley and in the greater Bay Area are particularly rich and afford students the opportunity to consider topics that range conceptually and geographically from the transnational to the local waterfront.

The seminar will familiarize students with key historiographical debates and developments, relevant concepts and terminology, and archival research. The completion of an analytical paper of substantial length is required. To facilitate this process the seminar includes readings, purposeful writing assignments (including drafts), a workshop-like forum in which students critique each otherâ€_Äôs work, and regular consultation with the instructor. Early identification of a suitable topic is mandatory. A one-page, type-written prospectus detailing a potential thesis project is due the first day of class. Upon enrollment please contact the instructor by email: jblittle@berkeley.edu.