10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW
Nguyen Engineering Building 1103
Section Information for Fall 2022
The United States has been defined by war to an unusual degree: the nation won its independence through one war, redefined its national principles in another, and rose to global prominence through its participation in the World Wars of the twentieth century before emerging as a superpower engaged in a decades-long war of a much different nature. Though many Americans are reluctant to think of their nation as warlike, military concerns have exerted an enormous influence upon the country in every phase of its development. This course examines the relationship between war and American society from the colonial period to the twenty-first century, exploring how Americans have thought about military service, conducted war, and made peace throughout their history, and the ways that war and military institutions have affected American society and American identity.