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Global and Transnational Conflict: History 488(G) in Fall 2009

Apr 5, 2009

Dr. Walter Kretchik, Associate Professor of History, will offer History 488(G) (Topics in U.S. History) in the Fall 2009 semester. The course's focus this Fall will be "Global and Transnational Conflict from the Revolution to Contemporary Times."

History 488(G), which will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2 p.m., will explore the evolution and conduct of armed conflict or war -- what Carl von Clausewitz described in 1832 as the continuation of politics by other means. The course will consider armed conflict since 1775 from two perspectives: global (contemporary) and transnational (cross-border). Those two ideas will serve as the analytical framework to scrutinize armed conflict from a theoretical and practical perspective, both regionally (in Noth America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia) and on a world scale, to include major and minor wars, as well as terrorism.

This course will be taught as a seminar, with few lectures. Student reading, discussion, and research will predominate. Undergraduate students will produce a final research project suitable for presentation at Undergraduate Research Day in Spring 2010. Graduate students will write a final paper suitable for presentation at a regional history conference. All students will participate in weekly discussion groups and present their research on focused topics related to their project.

Texts will include Jeremy Black's Introduction to Global Military History, as well as supplemental reading such as soldiers' memoirs and journal articles covering armed conflict from various historical era and national views. History majors, minors, and grad students will have priority for registration; History 105 or 106 is required as a pre-requisite. History 304 would be useful but is not required.

This is the first time this version of History 488(G) has been offered; students will find it challening, informative, and worth the effort!

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