Spring Semester AY2018-2019
Department of Political Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, 30602-1615

Classroom: 301 Baldwin Hall
Time: 2:30 - 3:20PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Instructor: Keith T. Poole

Office: Room 304D Baldwin Hall
E-Mail: ktpoole@uga.edu
WebSite: Course Home Page

Office Hours: By Appointment


Grades will be determined by Oral Examinations. All the readings are required

After two weeks of discussion of the books that give an overview of American Wars there will be a week devoted to oral exams. We will cover those Wars with the highest death toll -- The Civil War; World War II; World War I; Vietnam, and Korea -- with readings on the post World War II problems of the United States' involvement in "minor" wars.

Course Outline
  1. Introduction: Hubris.


    • Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century, by Alistair Horne (2015)
    • America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History, by Andrew J. Bacevich (2016)
    • Black Hawk Down, by Mark Bowden (1999)
    • We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder With the Marines Who Took Fallujah, by Patrick K. O'Donnell (2006)

  2. The Civil War 1861-1865


    • The Fall of the House of Dixie, Bruce Levine (2013)
    • The Civil War, Bruce Catton (1960)

  3. World War II 1941-1945


    • With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa, Eugene B. Sledge (1981/2007)
    • Midnight in the Pacific: Guadalcanal, the World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War, by Joseph Wheelan (2017)
    • Bloodlands, Timothy Snyder (2010)

  4. World War I 1917-1918


    • The Guns of August, Barbara W. Tuchman (1962)
    • The First World War, John Keegan (1998)

  5. Vietnam c. 1959-1975


    • We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam, by Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway (1992)
    • Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam, by H. R. McMaster (1997)
    • Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, by Mark Bowden (2017)

  6. Korea 1950-1953


    • This Kind of War, by T. R. Fehrenbach (1963/2008)
    • Give Me Tomorrow, by Patrick K. O'Donnell (2010)

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