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2012-2013 Official General Catalog 
2012-2013 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

HIS 225 - Total War in the Twentieth Century

Causes of war in the contemporary world, with a focus on the Second World War.  A review of the settlement of the First World War and the events of the inter-war period that led to Second World War.  The course of that war and the failure of the victors to create a settlement of peace for the world.

Prerequisite- Corequisite
Prerequisite:  HIS 100 The Rise of The West: 1500-Present, HIS 117 The West and the World Since 1500, or permission of instructor

Credits: 3
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.  Identify the conditions–political and military–leading to the outbreak of the First World War.
2.  Discuss the consequences–political and military–of the First World War.
3.  Identify the main causes of the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe and Asia.
4.  Describe the balance of forces in the two theaters of operation at the start of the war.
5.  Discuss the initial military strategies employed by all sides and describe how those strategies changed during the course of the war.
6.  Discuss the entrance of the United States into the Second World War.
7.  Describe the conditions of battle in the various theaters of operation.
8.  Discuss the end of the Second World War and the military, technological, and political consequences of that War.