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History 100. Introduction to Military History. 3(1). Survey of the history of Western warfare from the age of gunpowder to the present. Concentrates on the evolving methods and theories of warfare in Europe and the United States. Emphasizes how political, social, economic, and technological factors have combined to shape various changes and continuities in the nature of Western warfare. Written assignments. Final exam. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

History 100S. Scholars Military History. 3(1). This course is the Academy Scholars Program version of the History 100, Introduction to Military History, course. Through the use of major works of military history, cadets examine and analyze major themes of military history including the importance of leadership, technology, and ideology. Particularly important is warfare’s human dimension: emotion, motivation, and other unquantifiable aspects of individual minds and collective societies. Cadets assess continuity and change in the nature of war, including its intensity and objectives and the close connection between politics and war. History 100S is a seminar in which enrolled scholars will express – in class – their perspectives on relevant topics in a classic learning-focused approach. Discussion forms the bedrock of this course and scholars will actively participate. Final exam. Prereq: Scholar status. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

History 320. History of Technology and Warfare. 3(1). Examines the relationship of technology to warfare on land, at sea, and in the air from antiquity to present. Investigates the roots of weapons technology in the social, political, and engineering context. Special treatment is afforded to the impact of engineering and the industrial revolution on the development of technology and the subsequent impact on warfare. The interrelationship of technology, tactics, and strategy provides the thematic framework. Several lessons are devoted to case studies of battles and campaigns that illustrate significant developments. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

History 338. Colonial Warfare. See American History courses for description.

History 339. The American Civil War. See American History courses for description.

History 363. Unconventional Warfare. 3(1). Surveys the evolution, theory, and practice of insurgents and revolutionary warfare throughout the world from the 17th century to the present. Special attention is given to the 20th century. Examines counterinsurgency operations in various areas and circumstances. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

History 367. Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Warfare. 3(1). A broad survey providing a deeper background for the understanding of modern war. The course begins with the rise of organized warfare in the Near East, focusing on the Assyrian and Persian military systems, traces the developments and operations of the Greek and Roman military systems, and then moves to the evolution of feudal warfare and its eventual metamorphosis into the earliest forms of modern war, culminating in the Thirty Years War. Moslem, Byzantine, Chinese, and Japanese forms of warfare are also addressed to complete a general survey of the roots of modern warfare. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 fall of even-numbered years.

History 368. World War II. 3(1). A study of the largest conflict in human history, including a detailed analysis of the causes, ideologies, strategies, technologies, and campaigns of the war. Students will also examine the economic and social implications of the war on various nation-states. Major themes include the role of military and political leadership, the nature of coalition warfare, and the role of the modern officer in combat. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

History 369. Limited War in the Twentieth Century: Korea and Vietnam. 3(1). America’s wars in Korea and Vietnam established new patterns of limited warfare. Within the contexts of the superpower system and a nuclear arms race, the United States tried to fight wars that would achieve limited aims with limited means. This course will examine the Korean and Vietnam Wars as part of larger patterns of contemporary history. Studies will place special emphasis on the role of technology, foreign policy, domestic social and political climates, and the long-term implications of American strategy and policymaking. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 spring of even-numbered years.

History 370. World War I. 3(1). A detailed analysis of the epochal event of the twentieth century. Students explore the role of ideology, military and social doctrine, alliance systems, and European militarism on the outbreak and conduct of total war in Europe. Detailed analysis of the disparate military environments of stalemate on the Western Front, deadlock on the high seas, and maneuver warfare on the Eastern Front will illustrate the struggle between military doctrine and emerging technology. Special emphasis will be placed on the integration of air power and the emergence of modern paradigms for conducing warfare. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 fall of even-numbered years.

History 371. Airpower History. 3(1). History of the air weapon with primary emphasis on leadership and tactics. Covers global developments of military airpower, stressing the constant interplay among personalities, institutions, theories, technology, combat experience, and evolving doctrine. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

History 372. Sea Power and Modern Warfare. 3(1). History of sea weapons with primary emphasis on technology, tactics, and leadership as they have evolved from 1000 BC to the present. World-wide treatment stresses the constant interplay among personalities, institutions, theories, technology, combat experience, and the evolving doctrine. Final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 spring of even-numbered years.

History 376. A History of Space Power: Conquest of the New Frontier. 3(1). History of space power with primary emphasis on the U.S. and Soviet space programs during the Cold War and beyond (ICBMs to satellites; the electronics revolution to manned space programs) and their origins in the German V- programs of World War II. Examines the interplay between leadership, politics, society, technology, and USAF’s ambivalent relationship with this new expression of military power, and the associated doctrinal challenges. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 spring of even-numbered years.

History 381. Topics in Asian Military History. 3(1). A survey of the military history of Asia. Examines the evolution of warfare in Asia, including the political, economic, and social roles played by military forces, the influence of Western military science, and the impact of the global conflicts of the twentieth century. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 fall of even-numbered years.

History 382. Topics in African Military History. 3(1). A survey of the military history of Africa. Examines the evolution of warfare in Africa, including the political, economic, and social roles played by military forces, the influence of Western military science, and the impact of the global conflicts of the twentieth century. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs 3 spring of odd-numbered years.

History 383. Topics in Middle Eastern Military History. 3(1). A survey of the military history of the Middle East. Examines the evolution of warfare in the Middle East, including the postglacial, economic, and social roles played by military forces, the influence of Western military science, and the impact of the global conflicts of the twentieth century. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 fall of odd-numbered years.

History 384. Topics in Latin American Military History. 3(1). A survey of the military history of Latin America. Examines the evolution of warfare in Latin America, including the political, economic, and social roles played by military forces, the influence of Western military science, and the impact of the global conflicts of the twentieth century. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 spring of even-numbered years.

History 394. The American Way of War. 3(1). This course surveys the history of American warfare from the colonial period to the preset. It focuses primarily on the nature of American warfare, and addresses the question of whether there is a peculiar American way of war. The course deals with such issues as the American attitude toward war, civil-military relations, force structure, the role of professional leadership, and the impact of technology. Term pap and final exam. Prereq: History 100. Sem hrs: 3 spring of odd-numbered years.

History 457. History of Military Thought. 3(1). Historical investigation of the ideas of selected major military thinkers from the time of Machiavelli to the present. Emphasis is on those writers whose impact on evolving strategy and doctrine, whether on land, sea or in the air, has been most far-reaching. Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 100 and C1C Standing. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

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