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Last approved: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:39:20 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
History (HIST)
Naval History since 1815
Naval History since 1815
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Causes, conduct, and consequences of war at sea in the Civil War, counterinsurgency operations of so-called small wars, World Wars I and II, and the post-Cold War period. The transition from sail to steam, asymmetric warfare, and the role of sea power in modern geopolitics. Students participate in a virtual staff ride of the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
There are several objectives to be achieved by each student during the semester: • Each student should know the historical facts (chronology, geography, and key people involved) concerning naval and maritime warfare and conquest from the introduction of steam powered warships to the nuclear age. • He or she should become familiar with the terminology of ships, seamanship, and navies–they are pretty different from one’s everyday vocabulary. • In addition each member should develop to analyze the factors that contribute to victory in a battle, a naval battle, a campaign, and a war and the way different societies undertake those efforts. • Students should understand the complexity of the political and military decisions that confront leaders in wartime, and the uncertainty of the data available to decision-makers. • Students should become familiar with and be able to analyze important strategic theories (such as those advanced by Carl von Clausewitz, Baron Jomini, and Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan) and be able to analyze critically the proposition that warfare is susceptible of analysis in the manner articulated by the great philosophers of war (or "strategists). • Students should be able to synthesize material from lectures and readings to evaluate the importance of events in the maritime world during the Age of Steam and Steel .

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