HIS 306N • Art of War in the West: 1792 - 1945
This class will examine the development of military practice in Europe and America from the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars up through the conclusion of the Second World War. Special emphasis will be placed on the Napoleonic Wars, the German Wars of Unification, colonial warfare, the First World War and the Second World War. The impact of both the French and Industrial Revolutions on how European states as well as the United States armed and mobilized for war will also be investigated. Issues such as economic development, political structure and social organization will be examined and linked to strategic practices and battlefield performance and practices. While the primary focus will be on land warfare, certain aspects of naval and aerial warfare will also be discussed. Through lectures, the reading of monographs, memoirs and other primary documents, as well as through the viewing of films, the nature of war as practiced by both Europe and America will become more comprehensible.
There will be three quizzes each worth 10% of your grade. The first quiz will be a map quiz and the final two will be short-answer. There will be two exams: the mid-term counts for 30% and final for 40% of your grade.
Alessandro Barbero, The Battle: A New History of Waterloo Geoffrey Wawro, The Austro-Prussian War: Austria's War with Prussia and Italy in 1866 Douglas Porch, The Wars of Empire Robert Citino, Quest for Decisive Victory: From Stalemate to Blitzkrieg in Europe, 1899-1940 There will also be a course packet as well as various readings posted on the internet.