F11 Syllabus - Naval Hist 1400 - 1815 without Bibliography

F11 Syllabus- - F11 Maritime Conflict and Conquest 1400 1815(Bibliography at End 14:25:18 a3/p3 History 3001(11 or 3038 The Age of Great Sail The

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(Bibliography at End) 3/26/2012 14:25:18 a3/p3 History 3001(11) or 3038: The Age of Great Sail The Causes, Conduct, and Consequences of Maritime Conflict and Conquest, 1400 - 1815 C. Thomas Long Office Hours: Class: Monday & Wednesday: 2:20 - 3:35 pm Media & Public Affairs Bldg., Room 309 CRN 95072 Please use e-mail to contact me at [email protected] or [email protected] Phillips Hall 320: Mon.: 10:00 - 12:30 Tues. 10:30 - 12:30 Wed.: 12:30 - 1:30 And by appointment _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Warfare has had a profound effect on Western Civilization. Along with ideologies (including religion and political philosophies), technology, politics, and environmental factors (disease, geography, weather, etc.), war is one of the fundamental forces that have shaped our world. It has done much to fashion the modern political map. The harsh fact is that the state structure of the international system as it exists today is not the result of peaceful, teleological growth, the evolution of nations whose seeds have germinated in the womb of time and have come to a natural fruition. It is the result of conflicts that might, in very many cases, have been resolved differently. 1 Many historians believe that warfare, as it developed in the decades following the so-called “military revolution” that began in 1494, led to the creation of the modern nation-state. The resulting political units required vastly larger military establishments to deal with the new technology and tactics of the evolving types of warfare. Those armies and navies required extensive bureau-cracies, particularly financial, to fund their operations. Those symbiotic developments led to the political organizations we know as the modern nation-state. 2 The importance of warfare in our culture is manifest not just in the political world. It is even evident in the great art of western civilization – in our literature from The Iliad to War and Peace and on to the writings of C.S. Forester and Patrick O’Brian; in our statuary and memorial art from Michelangelo’s David to Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square; and in our graphic art from Greek pottery depicting ships, to the Bayeux Tapestry portraying William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066, to George Gower’s 1588 (est.) Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I and JMW Turner’s paintings of the British Royal Navy in action. 3 1Michael Howard, The Lessons of History (New London, CT: Yale University Press, 1991), 41. 2See, e.g., John Brewer, Sinews of Power: War, Money, and the English State, 1688-1783 , Paperback reprint ed. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989).
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F11 Syllabus- - F11 Maritime Conflict and Conquest 1400 1815(Bibliography at End 14:25:18 a3/p3 History 3001(11 or 3038 The Age of Great Sail The

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