HIS f366N • 19th-Century Military History
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
This is a broad survey course of military systems from the era of the Napoleonic Wars, through the periods of the American Civil War and Franco-Prussian War, to the wars of Western imperial expansion up to 1900. While there is an emphasis on the evolution of Western warfare, that of other parts of the world will also be considered. Indeed, a fundamental goal of the course is to establish a distinction between two basic forms of conflict: "campaigning war" (far more familiar in published literature, and regarded in the West and some other parts of the globe as "conventional" warfare) and "raiding war" (far less studied, but widely practiced in many parts of the non-Western world). Among other things, we shall investigate the emergence of 19th century "total war", and the evolution of guerrilla struggles and "peoples' war". While certainly not espousing technological determinism, the course will also be concerned with the rapid development of military armament, culminating in the great 19th century arms race. Frequent use ill be made of exhibits, slides and videos.
Grades will be based on two short-answer quizzes and a Mid-term and Final Exam, each of which will include essay questions.
Texts have not yet been finally determined, but may include: Black, Western Warfare 1775 to 1882 Rothenberg, The Art of war in the Age of Napoleon