HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Section: 002 War and Society
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

War is, as the German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz once wrote, “a continuation of politics by other means.” This freshman seminar will examine major battles and conflicts from the Hundred Years War of the 15th century to the War on Drugs and the War on Terror of today, asking “what is war?” and “how does war both reflect and transform the societies that wage it?” Using a mix of original sources and historical scholarship, this seminar will pay special attention to the role of war in the creation of the modern state; to how theorists and soldiers like Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, Ulysses S. Grant, and Hannah Arendt understood the relationship between the state and war; to the interactions and conflicts between European and non-European societies; and to how individuals from the front line to the home front have experienced war and how that experience has shaped the world we live in today. As a freshman seminar, we will also spend a significant amount of time using these core questions about the nature of war and the nature of society in order to improve your skills as a writer, a reader of difficult texts, and as an analytic thinker.

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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24192
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
002 (SEM)
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25390
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18
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
30416
Open
18
9Enrollment Management
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (SEM)
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30417
Open
18
18Enrollment Management
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
005 (SEM)
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30418
Open
18
18Enrollment Management
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
006 (SEM)
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30419
Open
18
10Enrollment Management
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
007 (SEM)
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30800
Open
18
18Enrollment Management
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Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
008 (SEM)
P
30953
Open
18
18Enrollment Management
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0140048979
The face of battle, Author: John Keegan., Publisher: Penguin Repr. 1983
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0472064312
A people numerous and armed : reflections on the military struggle for American independence, Author: John Shy., Publisher: University of Michigan Press Rev. ed. 1990
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780691027647
Makers of modern strategy : from Machiavelli to the nuclear age, Author: edited by Peter Paret with the collab. of Gordon A. Craig and Felix Gilbert., Publisher: Princeton University Press 1986
Required
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