Syllabus - Hist 490.006/ PWAD 490 Global History of Warfare...

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Hist 490.006/ PWAD 490 Global History of Warfare TR 12:30-1:20 (plus various recitation sections) Peabody 104 Prof. Wayne Lee 400 Hamilton 962-3973 (dept phone) 1. PURPOSE: Historians are increasingly interested in the movement of ideas, goods, and even institutions from one society to another. A World @ history has long been defined as the study of connections--connections often invisible when societies are examined only from within a national or even regional perspective. The point to the study of world history is not merely to be comparative (examining, for example, feudalism in Japan compared to feudalism in Europe), but to explore the many ways that human societies are constantly responding to change around them, often change generated by activities of which they have no knowledge. Military phenomena are a crucial component of this story. Change or innovation by one society that proves more effective than its neighbors often produces a ripple effect in surrounding societies as they try to adapt to the changed threat. Change also can proceed along global lines of connection independent of a sense of threat. Exploring the process of global military interaction and response to innovation is complicated. Traditionally the field has been defined by the study of the movement of technology. But military historians are increasingly interested in the spread of ideas as well. This course will examine the broad sweep of human military experience on a global scale, focusing on the themes of precedent, innovation, and legacy. We will not try to construct a single narrative of military experience, nor will we try to examine every society at every time. Although broadly inclusive of many times and places, we will follow several innovations in military practice as their implications careened around the globe. 2. READING: Purchase the following books: Gerard Chaliand, The Art of War in World History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994) ISBN: 0520079647 Stephen Morillo, et. al. Warfare in World History (not yet in print, available as a coursepak). Robert B. Marks, The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative From the Fifteenth Century the Twenty-First Century, 2nd ed . (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). ISBN: 0742554198 Kurt Raaflaub and Nathan Rosenstein, eds., War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds: Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe, and Mesoamerica, New ed. (Cambridge: Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University, 2001). ISBN 0674006593 All other readings listed below not from these books will be available on the course web site. 3. RESEARCH PAPERS
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