History | War, Culture, and Society from Renaissance to Napoleon
B303 | 13337 | Lockton

Above class open to undergraduates and EDUC MA's only

Before the age of total war that began with the French Revolution
and Napoleon, Europe was wracked by over two centuries of near
constant warfare. Stemming from the so called “military revolution”
of the 16th and 17th centuries, the scale of warfare dramatically
increased and the impact on culture and society grew apace. Yet in a
much broader sense, war has been a perpetual feature of human
experience, with all its attendant horrors, since time immemorial.
This recognition is particularly important to keep in mind in our
own times as warfare and conflict in the 21st century have
considerable political, economic and cultural effects on a rather
unprecedented global scale. We need only think of how such conflicts
as the global “war on terror” and the Israeli/Palestinian troubles
combine with such factors as domestic and international politics,
religious attitudes, and economic strain, to get a sense of the
important interrelations between war, society and culture in our own
time. Perhaps we can gain insight on these current contexts by
looking at how people in previous eras of unprecedented conflict
experienced and responded to similar situations.