HIST 326
War in European History Spring 2010
Division II
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From the ancient world to the twentieth century, war has always played an important part in European history. Europeans have not only constantly been at war with other Europeans, but also with neighboring cultures and, indeed, most peoples around the globe. This course will introduce students to the history of European warfare from its origins in the classical and medieval periods to its maturation in the early modern period (1450-1815), and its disastrous culmination in the nationalist struggles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Has there been a distinctively “European Way of War” from the beginning? How do we explain failure and success in European wars? What exactly happened at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war? And what caused changes in the organization and waging of European war from one period to the next?
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: none
Expected: 30
Class#: 3133
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, one short research paper, and midterm and final exams
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
HIST Group G Electives - Global History
LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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