Hist 352 Course Syllabus

Hist 352 Course Syllabus - History 351 World War Two Fall...

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History 351 - World War Two – Fall 2015 Instructor: Rob Kirchubel - [email protected] Office: REC 419, by appointment I. Overview : History 351 is a military history course. As in the real world where the military does not exist in a vacuum - separate from politics, economics, culture and other considerations – so it is with military history. While the majority of the course will deal with military operations, personalities and technologies, we will also cover the major combatants’ diplomacy (which does not automatically end once the shooting begins), domestic politics, home fronts, genocide and occupation policies. History 351 and 349 (WW I, Spring 2016) will treat the period 1914-1945 as a modern Thirty Years War, therefore both will deal with the interwar period. Unlike WWI, fought mainly in Europe, WWII was truly global. Armies fought on the Arctic Circle, deserts and jungle islands. The war at sea was dominated by submarines below the surface and naval aviation above. Military aircraft included jet fighters and strategic bombers riding the jet stream. Ultimately, WWII ushered in the nuclear age. Although there are no prerequisites for our course, before we begin students should be familiar with the history of the first third of the twentieth century and with world geography. As with any specialized discipline, military history has its own vocabulary: students will learn to distinguish between admirals and colonels, corps and squadrons or battleships and cruisers. Military history also has specialized tools: students will become comfortable with those two-dimensional representations of the earth’s surface known as maps – I will use many maps. War is a terrible thing and our course is not meant to glorify it. The World Wars were tremendously destructive so students must accept death on a massive, almost abstract scale.
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