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War and Warfare in Western History: From Gunpowder to Desert Storm

The course surveys the evolution of warfare from Feudal times to the era of total war and the nuclear age. It will examine the nature of war, how it is used by the state to promote its interests, and how war impacts human society, its economy and political institutions. A number of major battles from different periods will be analyzed with a view to understanding how strategy, battle-field tactics, as well as military organization and training, change in response to new technology and weapons.