War has been a constant in human relations, from prehistory to the present day. War unhinges empires, creates new states, and produces new patterns of international relations; it can also profoundly unsettle social relations, trigger major economic transformations, and alter cultural patterns in the societies that wage it. War is a ubiquitous part of our own history, from the nation’s origins to the present day. Understanding the many dimensions and consequences of war is central to the study of history.
The Department of History offers a variety of courses that deal centrally with warfare, from the ancient world to the Vietnam War. Students in this track will have an extended opportunity to explore the phenomenon of warfare, which has been so important to human experience.
(HIST 3210) Age of Total War