HIST 370: War and American Society

HIST 370-001: War and American Society
(Fall 2022)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW

Nguyen Engineering Building 1103

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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.

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Credits: 3

Examines war and American society from the colonial period to the post-Cold War era, including how military institutions, war, and the preparation for war have affected American society, and how Americans have thought about military service, experience war, and made peace through their history. Special emphasis on civil-military relations and the role of war and militarism in American culture. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
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This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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