The USA and War

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The USA and War


Novák, György

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Course description

Short description

The course, an introductory survey to the United States and war is practically a superficial military history of the US. We shall cover the major wars the US has been involved in, and the development of its military machinery, with as much background as possible.


  1. The American Military System.
  2. The European Heritage - The Military Revolution; Eighteenth Century European Warfare; Colonial Heritage
  3. The American Revolution – Formation and evolution of the Continental Army; Of Strategy; Reasons, Lessons, and Meaning
  4. The War of 1812 – Origins; Opposing Forces; Strategic Pattern
  5. The Mexican War and After - The Army on the New Frontier; Increasing the Peacetime Army; Weapons and Tactics on the Eve of the Civil War.
  6. The Civil War, 1861-1865 -- The Opponents; Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation; Gettysburg; Dimensions of the War
  7. The Interwar Years, 1865–1898 and The Emergence to World Power, 1898–1902
  8. World War I
  9. World War II
  10. The Korean War, 1950–1953
  11. The Vietnam War
  12. Rebuilding the Army: Vietnam to Desert Storm -- El Salvador; Grenada; The Invasion of Panama
  13. Operations in a Post–Cold War World, 1990–2001 -- War in the Persian Gulf; Northern Iraq: Operation Provide Comfort; Somalia; Haiti; Kosovo
  14. Global War on Terrorism




Requirements to get the grade


Reading list

Since the library cannot provide any books in the necessary numbers, one can only direct the students to whatever they can find there, and to the Internet. The Library also has a collection of books on things military (acquired from a US military base).

Suggested reading list