Bruce W Hevly
Development of American military policies, organizational patterns, tactics, and weaponry, from beginnings as a seventeenth-century frontier defense force to the global conflicts and military commitments of the twentieth century. Interaction and tension between need for an effective military force and concept of civilian control of that force.
This course will provide a narrative overview of American military and naval history from the 18th century until the late twentieth. It emphasizes the range of historical approaches that can be applied to this subject.
Student learning goals
Students should have command of the basic narrative of US military and naval history.
Students should understand the evolution of military institutions in the US.
Students will learn to discuss the intersection of civilian and military cultures, as conditioned by public and political values.
Students will consider how military institutions shaped ideas of citizenship and behavior for the civilian population.
Special emphasis on the history of science and technology in the military context.
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion of assigned readings
No prerequisites; some background in American history may be useful.
Class assignments and grading
Readings in primary and secondary sources, in weekly units.
weekly short paper and exam; final examination at last class meeting