HST 251: War in the Modern World, 1500 - Present

This course deals with war and military institutions in Europe and North America since the beginnings of modern states (about 1500), while placing particular emphasis on the more recent period, from just before the American and French Revolutions to the present time. Its focus is on the interaction of warfare - a changing set of techniques and technologies - with the broader political, social, economic and intellectual aspects of war as well as with the aftermath of war. Some attention is given to particular military campaigns and battles, but mainly to make clear the technical aspects of war and to illustrate important trends and patterns. The approach of the course is comparative, between the differing histories of nation-states, and between the divergent military experiences of Europe and North America. While touching on the global experience of war during the last four centuries, the course aims to explain the central role played by war in the history of the modern Western world.

Level I Prereq: Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6

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