HIST 373
Sites of Memory and American Wars Spring 2019
Division II
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This course will examine the ways that U.S. military ventures have been memorialized through a variety of physical sites, including landscapes, monuments and statues, museums, and other depictions. We will ask such questions as: How and why have the memorializations of wars in America changed over time? Who determines what is preserved and what stories are told? What is the relationship between individual experiences, collective memories, and national narratives? What do sites of memory tell us about history, about society’s views of wars and of soldiers, and about America? We will look at these questions both throughout U.S. history and through case studies, including the American Civil War, the wars against indigenous nations, World Wars I and II, and Vietnam.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 10-15
Class#: 3291
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short papers, one longer research paper, and presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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