History 101.017

Spring 2007
Instructor (text): 
104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 9:30-11

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 warfare occurring between the industrial and information revolutions. Students will be challenged to think broadly about the history of warfare from political, strategic, social, and cultural perspectives. Students may consider selecting traditional approaches to historical writing that emphasize generalship, combat, and technology, or alternative approaches that examine the interrelationship of war and society by studying the homefront. Potential topics may include antiwar movements, cultural and industrial mobilization, and humanitarian relief. Appropriate pre- and post-war topics may be considered; nation-specific (e.g., United States) and comparative (e.g., Australia & India) topics are also permissible. Library and archival collections at Berkeley and in the Bay Area are particularly rich and afford students the opportunity to evaluate diverse, warfare-related 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. Early identification of a suitable topic is imperative. 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 other's work, and regular consultation with the instructor.