Senior Seminar: Going to War in American History
History 4990-001 (#81426) Dr. Reagan
1:25-4:30 Wednesday Fall 2010
HH 108 HH 109
Office Hours: 11-12 MF, 1-1:30 W and by appointment
Telephone: 372-3342 (office), 372-3332 (message), 528-3998 (home)
Professional experience of Dr. Reagan: http://iweb.tntech.edu/preagan/cvpdr.html
Course web site (work in progress): http://iweb.tntech.edu/preagan/499syl.html
This course is expected to provide students, usually senior History majors, the opportunity to demonstrate reading, research, analytical, and writing skills learned in various history classes. As a capstone experience, this class will allow students to use these acquired skills in the form of seminar class discussion and the writing of an extensive research paper centered on the topic of the particular seminar offering for the semester.
1 Class attendance and active participation (100 points)
2. Oral presentation of at least one book to start weekly class discussion
3. Five of (eight possible) three-five page papers on weekly readings (all books except Guibert and Bacevich eligible) due at start of class time (5@20=100 points)
4 Final thirty-page research paper on a topic chosen in consultation with and approval of the instructor. The paper should be based on primary and secondary sources identified and approved by the instructor and using weekly readings and research over the semester. (200 points)
5. Final Grade based on total points earned:
A = 360-400 points
B = 320-359 points
C = 280-319 points
D = 240-279 points
F = below 240 points
6. Plagiarism of an assignment—representing someone else’s work as your own—will result in failure for the entire course at a minimum. To pass course, all requirements must be met on time and in full.
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Students with a disability requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) (http://www.tntech.edu/disability/). An Accommodation Request (AR) should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first week of classes. The ODS is located in the University Center, Room 112, telephone 372-6119.
Guibert, Emmanuel. Alan’s War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope, trans. Kathryn Pulver. New York: First Second, 2008. ISBN # 978-1-59643-096-9.
Bruce D. Porter, “The Warfare State,” American Heritage 45, no. 4 (July/August 1994)
Richard Kohn, “The Social History of the American Soldier: A Review and Prospectus for Research,” American Historical Review 86 (June 1981): 553-567.
Grenier, John. The First Way of War: American War Making on the Frontier, 1607-1814. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN # 978-0521-73263-5.
James Kirby Martin and Mark Edward Lender, A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1789, second edition. Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, 2006 ISBN #978-0-88295-239-0.
Manning, Chandra. What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War. New York: Vintage Civil War Library, 2008. ISBN # 978-0-307-27732-9.
Laskin, David. The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War. New York: Harper, 2010. ISBN # 978-0-06-123333-3.
Rose, Kenneth. Myth and the Greatest Generation: A Social History of Americans in World War II. New York: Routledge, 2008. ISBN # 0-415-95677-3.
Zelizer, Julian E. Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security—From World War II to the War on Terrorism. New York: Basic Books, 2010. ISBN # 978-0-465-01507-8.
Stone, Geoffrey R. War and Liberty: An American Dilemma: 1790 to the Present. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007. ISBN # 978-0-393-33004-5.
Wills, Garry. Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State. New York: Penguin Press, 2010. ISBN # 978-1-59420-240-7.
Bacevich, Andrew J. Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2010. ISBN # 978-0-8050-9141-0.
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1. Americans changing views and attitudes about military forces and war
2. Changes in national policy, military strategy, and public opinion
3. Civil-military relations (constitutional, legal, political, and diplomatic)
4. Social and cultural history of American soldiers and veterans
5. Political, social, and economic changes on the home front during wars
6. Impact of military interventions on civil liberties during wartime
7. Foreign policy, military force, and changing
Reading Assignments with Discussion Schedule:
Readings should be completed in time for class discussion of each work.
Assignment: Bring an active interest and intellectual curiosity to the subject
September 1--Course Syllabus and Responsibilities and film, “Operation Homecoming”
Assignment: Guibert, Alan’s War, all
September 8—The Human Face of American War
September 14—Constitution Day: Professor Dana Young, “The Role of Political Satire,” 5 p.m., Derryberry Hall Auditorium followed by The Highlands Gubernatorial Debate between Democratic candidate Mike McWherter and Republican candidate Bill Haslam, 7 p.m., Wattenbarger Auditorium
Assignment: Bruce D. Porter, “The Warfare State,” American Heritage 45, no. 4 (July/August 1994) and Richard Kohn, “The Social History of the American Soldier: A Review and Prospectus for Research,” American Historical Review 86 (June 1981): 553-567.
September 15-- War and the Military Experience in American History
Assignment: Grenier, The First Way of War, all
September 22—War in the Colonial Period: An Age of Free Security?
Assignment: Martin and Lender, A Respectable Army, all
September 29—Creating an American Military Tradition
Assignment: Manning, What This Cruel War Was Over, all
September 29—War for National Union and the Question of Slavery
Assignment: Laskin, The Long Way Home, all
October 6—The Golden Door: Immigrant Americans and the Great War
Assignment: Rose, Myth and the Greatest Generation, all
October 13—“The Good War”: America and Modern, Total War
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Assignment: Zelizer, Arsenal of Democracy, pp. 1-177
October 20—Creating the National Security State: From Truman to Kennedy
Assignment: Zelizer, Arsenal of Democracy, pp. 178-385
October 27—Modern Presidents and American Wars: From Vietnam to Iraq, I
Assignment: Zelizer, Arsenal of Democracy, pp. 386-507
November 3--Terrorism in a Post-Cold War World: America Responds
Assignment: Stone, War and Liberty: An American Dilemma: 1790 to the Present, all
November 10—Civil Liberties and American Wars
Assignment: Start thinking, writing, and revising final paper and film: “Why We Fight”
November 17—Discussion: WWIV, GWOT, or the Long War?
Assignment: Work on final paper
November 24—Work on final paper
Assignment: Wills, Bomb Power: the Modern Presidency and the National Security State
December 1—Nuclear Weapons and the Presidency: “Let’s Drop the Big One Now”?
Assignment: Bacevich, Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War, all
December 8—Our Times: American Military Power and the Land of Dreams
Assignment: Prepare final paper in both printed and electronic formats
December 10--Final twenty-five-page paper due in Dr. Reagan’s office
In both printed and electronic formats
Helpful Reference Works and Bibliographies (in order of priority):
Prucha, Francis Paul. Handbook for Research in American History: A
Guide to Bibliographies and Other Reference Works.
Fritze, Ronald H., Brian E. Coutts. Reference Sources in History: An
Introductory Guide, Second Edition, 334.
Norton, Mary Beth, ed. The American Historical Association’s Guide
to Historical Literature, Third Edition, 2 Vols.
Bradford, James C., ed. International Encyclopedia of Military History, 2 vols. New York: Routledge, 2006. TTU Ref D25.A2 I58 2006
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Bradford, James C., ed. A Companion to American Military History, 2 vols. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 978-1405161497
Holmes, Richard, ed. The Oxford Companion to Military History. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001. TTU Ref D25.A2 O94 2001
Chambers, John Whiteclay, II, ed. The Oxford Companion to American Military History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. TTU E181.O94 1999
Cayton, Mary Kupiece and Elliott J.
Gorn. Encyclopedia of American Social
History, 3 Vols., 2,653.
Cook, Bernard A., ed. Women and War: A Historical Encyclopedia From Antiquity to the Present, 2 Vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2006. TTU Ref U24 .W69 2006
Higham, Robin and Donald J. Mrozek, eds. A Guide to the
Hogan, Michael J. and Thomas G.
Paterson, eds. Explaining the History of
American Foreign Relations.
Hogan, Michael J. America in the World: The Historiography of US Foreign Relations Since 1941. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
________, ed. The Ambiguous Legacy: U. S. Foreign Relations in the American Century. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999. TTU E744 .A475 1999
Beisner, Robert L., ed. American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature, 2 vols. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2003.
Hynes, Samuel. The Soldier’s Tale: Bearing Witness To Modern War.
Jessup, John E., ed. Encyclopedia of the American Military: Studies of the History, Traditions, Policies, Institutions, and Roles of the Armed Forces in War and Peace, 3 Vols., 2, 255. New York: Macmillan, 1994. TTU Ref UA23 .E56 1994
Jessup, John E. An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Karsten, Peter, ed. Encyclopedia
of War and American Society, 3 Vols.
Kennedy, Paul M. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers:
Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000.
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I., Robert Dallek. Encyclopedia of
Messenger, Charles, ed. Reader’s Guide to Military History.
Parker, Geoffrey, ed. The
Townshend, Charles, ed. The Oxford History of Modern War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. TTU U39 .O956 2000eb [available as an electronic book]
Paret, Peter, and Felix Gilbert
Gordon A. Craig, eds. Makers of Modern
Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age. Princeton:
Resch, John P., ed. Americans at War: Society, Culture, and the Homefront, 4 Vols. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2005. TTU Ref E181 .A453 2005
Schulzinger, Robert D., ed. A Companion to American Foreign Relations.
Useful Web Sites for the Course:
The Society for Military History
United States History
Preparing to Write a Research Paper
Libraries and Archives
Selecting Sources for Military History Research Papers