Jan 27, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog
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HIS 311 - War in the American Memory (3)

Wars have always cast long shadows over American history. Battles over the meaning and memory of wars have shaped American culture and politics long after the actual bullets have stopped flying. The memory of wars how the participants and subsequent generations perceive them, what we collectively remember and what we forget may be as important as the wars themselves in influencing American culture. This course will examine the memory of wars in American history from the colonial period to the present. Memory manifests itself broadly in culture in politics, literature, art, monuments, and film. Thus, we will take a multidisciplinary approach, using art, fiction, and film. We will ask questions such as: How has the memory of various wars shaped American politics, culture, and society? In turn, how has American culture influenced the way that wars are remembered? How do factors such as race, religion, class, gender, and region influence the ways in which individuals and the larger culture remember war?

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Contract Course: No
Pass/Fail Grading: No
Fee: No
Term Typically Offered: Every other Spring



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