Science, Technology and War

Term: 
Summer 2012
Online: 
No
Course Number: 
STSC 212 910
Schedule: 
Monday 5:30pm-8:40pm
Schedule: 
Wednesday 5:30pm-8:40pm
Day(s): 
Monday
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

HERSCH, MATTHEW H.

Crosslistings: 
HSOC212910
Primary Program: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Secondary Program: 
The Young Scholars Program
Course Description: 

This course explores the scientific and technological development of warfare in the United States from the Revolution to the successful creation of the world's first thermonuclear weapon 180 years later. The changing nature of warfare beginning in 1800 and continuing through 1950 involved the creation and deployment of increasingly complex and powerful weapons as well as a corresponding evolution in tactics, strategy, and social organization. Topics will include: the development of the gun, the battleship, and the airplane; "total war"; the atomic bomb; chemical and biological warfare; the psychology of war; historical memory; and concepts such as technological determinism and technological momentum.


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