The Civil War Era Studies department offers:
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CWES-215 Introduction to War Studies
Approach the subject of war through five distinct perspectives: the philosophy of war; the history of war; the experience of war; war, culture, and society; and the memory of war. The goal is to gain an interdisciplinary way of analyzing conflicts both in the past and in our present.
CWES 225 Visual Culture of the Civil War Era
This course examines American visual culture in the Civil War period, encompassing painting, sculpture, prints, and photography. It treats works that directly depict aspects of the conflict, and those that address how everyday life and perceptions of what it meant to be American were shaped by the war and its aftermath.
CWES 245 Gettysburg to Charlottesville: Race In the American Imagination
Integrating Civil War Era Studies, Literature, Film Studies, and Political Science, this class seeks to understand the Jim Crow Era, the Civil Rights Movement, and the elections of 2008 and 2016 through examining the role of Civil War history and mythology in America’s self-understanding and its continuing problem of race.
Our distinguished faculty’s publications
Book The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies by Peter S. Carmichael
Book Maladies of Empire by Jim Downs