HISTORY 386.01 THE MILITARY AND WAR IN
Monday-Wednesday 3:00-4:30 PM. Estill 205
Instructor: Nicholas Pappas
Office: Estill 326
Office hours: MWF 9-10, MW 2-3, T-Th 8-11
Office phone: 294-3617
Home phone: 295-4985
E-Mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- This course is a survey of military history and the interaction between
society and military institutions, technology and techniques, from 1763
to the present. The course will study the interrelationships of warfare,
technology and society in American history. The course will focus on such
questions as how changing "styles" of warfare, the composition
of the military establishment (militias, citizen armies, paid professionals,
mercenaries), and the transformations in military technology have impacted
upon state and society. Conversely, it will also investigate how political
and societal changes have influenced the nature of warfare in American
PURPOSES AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:
- 1) To acquaint students with the political, social, economic
and cultural impact of the military upon modern American and world history.
- 2) To sharpen the students' skills in historical interpretation,
research and writing.
CLASS SCHEDULE AND PROCEDURE:
- 1) The class schedule will consist of three fifty minute sessions
each week. The first part of each session is allotted to lectures by the
instructor, while the second portion occasionally will be devoted to questions
- 2) Lectures both supplement and complement reading assignments,
as well as introduce problems to be brought up in the discussion periods.
Discussion periods investigate problems and look into interpretations of
subjects in the readings and/or lectures.
- 3) Brief outlines of lectures, maps and other supplementary
readings will be distributed to students on the web.
STUDENT REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE:
- 1) Attendence: Students are expected to regularly attend lectures
and participate actively in classroom discussions. Attendence will be taken
regularly. Since there is no penalty for absences, there will be no excused
- 2) Reading assignments: Readings from the text and supplementary
sources are given on a daily basis. Two- to three-page reaction papers
will be assigned from the readings four times during the semester.
- 3) Reaction papers: Three one-to-two-page reaction papers will
be assigned during the semester. These reaction papers will be based upon
questions given on selected readings. Students are expected to express
their reaction and answer each question in a one-to-two-page, typed,and
double spaced paper. The two lowest of five reaction paper scores will
be dropped. Each reaction paper will be worth 50 points for a total of
150 points toward the course grade. Each reaction paper will be due by
E-MAIL to email@example.com by 12:00 PM on the day stated in the
syllabus. Only those who can show that they have no possible access to
a computer will be allowed to turn in a hard copies of the reaction paper.
Since the two lowest of the five reaction paper scores will be dropped,
no reaction papers will be accepted after this deadline, nor makeup papers
- 4) Multiple Choice Quizzes: Six multiple choice quizzes, consisting
of ten multiple-choice questions each based upon quotations taken from
the web readings. The lowest of the six quiz scores will be dropped. Each
quiz is worth 20 points for a total of 100 points toward the course grade.
Since the lowest of the six quizzes will be dropped, nor makeup quizzes
will be given.
- 5) Examinations: Exams will be presented on the sixth, eleventh
and finals week. Each examination will consist of one essay section. Each
examination will count 50 points toward the course grade. In total the
three examinations will count 150 points toward the course grade.
- 6) Geography Quizes: Twelve brief geography quizes will be presented
and are scheduled in the course outline. The two lowest of twelve geography
quiz scores will be dropped. Each quiz will count for 10 points for a total
of 100 points toward the course grade. Since the two lowest of twelve
geography quiz scores will be dropped there will be no make ups for geography
- 6) Makeups: Makeup examinations will be given on one afternoon near
the end of the session. Makeup examinations will be given only to students
who have legitimate excuses (e.g. medical emergency, court appearance,
etc.) and can produce a written explanation from an authoritative third
party (doctor, court clerk, etc.). No makeups for multiple choice quizzes,
geography quizes or reaction papers. No exceptions will be made.
Do not ask.
- 7) Evaluation of student performance will be made upon: a) the multiple
choice questions [20%]; the geography quizes [20%]; b) the three examinations
[30%]; and c) the reaction papers [30%].
- 8) Grade scale: 450-500=A; 400-549=B; 350-399=C; 300-349=D; 0-299=F.
REQUIRED READINGS: 1) The basic text for this course is United State
Army, Center of Military History, American
Military History, Washington D.C.: Center of Military History, 1989.
It is available in both remote and local links. Individual chapters are
linked below within Web Readings Sections. In
addition readings links are included in the Reaction
Paper, Exam Study Guide,and Lecture
Outline pages. Besides this work, web sources from other services (Navy,
Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) are also included in the course
outlines, readings, exam study sheet,and lecture outline pages. 2) Primary
sources and topical study readings are included on the Syllabus, Reaction Paper, Exam Study Guide,and
Lecture Outline pages. 3) Readings from
the text and supplementary sources are given on a weekly basis four 2-to-3-page
reaction papers will be assigned from the readings during the semester.
Week 1: INTRODUCTION TO MILITARY HISTORY. (8/25)
Week 2: WARFARE IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. (8/30-9/1)
Week 3: THE MILITARY DIMENSIONS OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. (9/6-9/8)
Week 4: THE NAPOLEONIC WARS. (9/13-/9/15)
Week 5: THE ERA OF U.S. NATIONAL EXPANSION. (9/20-9/24)
Week 6: THE AMERICAN ILIAD. (9/27-9/29)
Week 7: THE ADVENT OF TOTAL WAR. (10/4-10/6)
Week 8: THE CHALLENGE OF MILITARISM AND IMPERIALISM. (10/11-10/13)
Week 9: THE FIRST WORLD WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH. (10/18-10/20)
Week 10: THE PERIOD OF INTERLUDE. (10/25-10/27)
Week 11: WORLD WAR II: A RETURN TO TOTAL WAR. (11/1-11/3)
Week 12: THE SECOND WORLD WAR: FROM TOTAL WAR TO COLD WAR. (11/8-11/12)
Week 13: POSTWAR ERA: NEW FORMS & ARENAS OF CONFLICT, 1945-65.
Week 14: POSTWAR ERA: NEW FORMS & ARENAS OF CONFLICT, 1965-75.
Week 15: POSTWAR ERA: NEW FORMS & ARENAS OF CONFLICT, 1965-75.
Week 16: BEYOND THE COLD WAR. (12/6-12/8)