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Steele Brand

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft

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Biography

Brand is a Clements Postdoctoral Fellow and the Director of the Clements Undergraduate Fellows. He received his PhD from Baylor University and is an ancient historian with an interest in the relationship between ancient farming, citizenship, and soldiering. Farming, local politics, mixed government, and citizen-soldiering are activities that fewer and fewer people participate in today, yet they were essential ingredients in the world’s first republics. Brand’s research explores how agrarian, constitutional ideals in the ancient world engendered civic militarism, particularly in Israel, Greece, and Rome. His first manuscript compares the civic militarism and battlefield tactics of ancient Israel and the Roman Republic. His next project will explore the Mesopotamian and Levantine precursors that foreshadowed and laid the foundation for civic militarism in ancient Israel.

He teaches courses on ancient and medieval history for the UT Department of History, focusing on the interplay between religion, war, and politics. As his background illustrates, he is committed to the applications of historical understanding to modern civics. Experience includes an MA from seminary, a career as a US Army Intelligence Officer, deployment to Afghanistan as a Targeting Officer, and small-scale farming. 

CTI 375 • Military History To 1640

33400 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm CLA 0.128
(also listed as AHC 330, EUS 346, HIS 349R )
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This class surveys the military history of the Near Eastern and Western worlds from the beginnings of recorded history (~3100 BC) to the Reformation (~AD 1650). The course is chronologically arranged and examines the spectrum of data between material and textual. It begins by studying human conflict in the ancient Near East. It then transitions to warfare in the classical world, which culminated in Rome’s seemingly unstoppable legions. The course then traces the military ascendancy of Islam and the response of the crusades before concluding with the so-called “wars of religion.” Students will analyze the strategic, operational, and tactical objectives (or lack thereof) of the major campaigns. They will explore naval engagements, decisive land battles, siege warfare, subterfuge, and everything else on the periphery. Students will also examine the moral, religious, political, and economic factors that preceded battlefield encounters. Above all, this class follows the tragic, exciting, and unpredictable story of organized human violence.Texts:Philip de Souza, ed., The Ancient World at War: A Global History (Thames & Hudson)Maurice Keen, ed., Medieval Warfare: A History (Oxford University Press)Thomas F. Arnold, The Renaissance at War (Smithsonian Books)Grading:Examinations: 60% (2 x 30% ea.); Engagement 40% (2 x 20% ea.)

CTI 375 • War/Society Anc Mediterranean

34595 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am BUR 216
(also listed as AHC 330, EUS 346, HIS 362G )
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This class surveys the military history of the ancient Mediterranean from the beginnings of recorded history (~3100 BC) to the final barbarian assimilations of the Roman Empire (~AD 500). The course is chronologically arranged and examines the spectrum of data between material and textual. It begins by studying human conflict in the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Levant, Anatolia, and the Aegean, from the Lagash-Umma border conflict, the siege warfare of the Middle Bronze Age, and the unprecedented chariot clashes at Megiddo and Kadesh. It then transitions to warfare in the classical world, from the epic conflict with Persia, the calamitous Peloponnesian War, and Rome’s slow, militaristic rise to domination. Students will analyze the strategic, operational, and tactical objectives (or lack thereof) of the major campaigns. They will explore naval engagements, decisive land battles, siege warfare, subterfuge, and everything else on the periphery. Students will also examine the moral, religious, political, and economic factors that preceded battlefield encounters. Above all, this class follows the first chapter in the tragic, exciting, and unpredictable story of organized human violence.

Texts:

Arther Ferrill, The Origins of War: From the Stone Age to Alexander the Great (Westview Press)

William James Hamblin, Warfare in the Ancient Near East to C. 1600 BC (Routledge)

John Gibson Warry, Warfare in the Classical World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons, Warriors, and Warfare in the Ancient Civilizations of Greece and Rome (University of Oklahoma Press)

Grading:

60% exams (2 x 30% ea.), 40% participation / reading reflections

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