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Last approved: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:24:30 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
History (HIST)
Military History to 1860
Military History to 1860
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The causes, conduct, and consequences of conflict in the ancient, medieval, renaissance, and early modern world. Examination of the Anglo-Dutch and Anglo-French wars leading to the Seven Years’ War, American Revolution (including a “virtual staff ride" of the Saratoga Campaign), French Revolution, and Napoleonic Wars.
By the end of the semester, each student should be able to: • Comprehend the technical terminology of land warfare and strategy; • Outline the historical facts (chronology, geography, peoples and leaders involved) concerning the major western wars to the mid-nineteenth century; • Identify, analyze, and evaluate the major causes of conflict in western society to the mid-nineteenth century; • Identify the factors that play a major role in determining the outcome of conflicts and analyze any given conflict; • Explain and evaluate the validity of the idea of a "Western Way of War;" • Explain and evaluate major strategies employed in the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars; • Explain and evaluate the theories of the classical strategists (particularly Clausewitz, Jomini, and Sun Tzu) and construct an argument to persuade others about the validity or invalidity of the proposition that warfare is susceptible to "scientific" analysis and reduction to a group of universal principles that govern warfare - and inform leaders; • Evaluate the religious, political, and legal efforts to ban war or limit the violence in warfare in the west; and • Write historical papers more clearly and effectively.
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