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The Summer Seminar in Military History

June 11 - June 30, 2023
A Partnered Program between the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy and the Society for Military History

Overview

The National World War II Museum and The Society for Military History will be co-hosting “The Summer Seminar in Military History” from June 11 – June 30 2023. The purpose of this three-week, in-residence experience is to grow and strengthen the study of military history by introducing fellows to the profession’s fundamental concepts and questions, its contemporary concerns and approaches, and its leading scholars.

About the Seminar

Application deadline: February 15, 2023

The National World War II Museum and The Society for Military History will be co-hosting “The Summer Seminar in Military History” from June 11 – June 30 2023. The purpose of this three-week, in-residence experience is to grow and strengthen the study of military history by introducing fellows to the profession’s fundamental concepts and questions, its contemporary concerns and approaches, and its leading scholars.

The program consists of a series of content and pedagogical seminars led by expert faculty and guest lecturers, as well as museum tours and battlefield staff rides. Lodging, meals, and a stipend are provided.

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Summer Seminar in Military History Goals

  1. Fellows master the pedagogical techniques required to develop and teach survey courses and more focused course offerings in military history.
  2. Fellows gain the methodological and historiographical knowledge that will prepare them to make scholarly contributions to the field.
  3. Fellows are exposed to the historiography that has shaped the development and directions of military history.
  4. Fellows are introduced to the wealth of resources available in the field and offered advice on how to use them in their teaching and scholarship.     
  5. Fellows use Museum resources and staff to learn more about interpreting military history for the general public.
  6. Leading military historians share their knowledge with fellows and a broader audience through public presentations at the Institute.
  7. Fellows grow personally and professionally by developing networks among and across chronological and topical fields of study.


Applicants will be selected based upon their potential contributions to the field of military history and upon the contribution the program can make to their future teaching and research. Recent PhDs, advanced graduate students who have completed all requirements for their doctorate other than submission of the dissertation (ABD), and senior faculty members interested in working in military history but without a strong background in the field are eligible to apply.

For more information, please contact the Seminar Program Director, Dr. Bill Allison, at billallison@georgiasouthern.edu or the Principal Associate Director, Dr. Steph Hinnershitz at stephanie.hinnershitz@nationalww2museum.org.

Schedule

(Subject to Change)

Week 1 – Pre-Twentieth Century

Central Learning Objectives – Week 1

  1. Define “military history” from a holistic perspective and become familiar with the field’s fundamental terms, concepts, and questions
  2. Understand how and why societies go to war and how they intend to use military force as an instrument of policy and grand strategy
  3. Assess the differences in how societies mobilize for war—politically, militarily, socially, and economically—& the costs of that mobilization


Core Building Blocks

  1. What is “military history”? How do scholars use key terms and concepts in narrating their stories and in approaching the larger discipline?
  2. Be conversant with the major theorists of war (western and global) and their influence on nations’ professional conduct of war
  3. Appreciate the relationships between modern war and a society’s economic and social mobilization for war
  4. Understand the trends toward the professionalization of nations’ military forces in the modern era
  5. Evaluate the influence of industrialization on modern war


Supporting Building Blocks

  1. Become familiar with the evolution of military thought and theory over time
  2. Comprehend the relationships between military service, citizenship, and identity (both individual and collective)
  3. Understand how societies view differences between professional and citizen soldiers and how military organizations populate their ranks
  4. Appreciate the role and impact of developments in science and technology, particularly in weapons development
  5. Understand the ways in which nationalism, patriotism, and societal values influence war


Week 1

Day 1 – Arrival and Welcome Dinner 

Day 2 – Defining Military History and War

Day 3 – The “Age of Revolutionary and  Limited War”

Day 4 – Napoleonic Warfare

Day 5 – War in the Industrial Age–The American Civil War and Reconstruction 

Day 6 – War in the Industrial Age–Theory and Naval Arms Race

Day 7 – Staff Ride to Chalmette Battlefield

Week 2 – The Age of Global War

Central Learning Objectives – Week 2

  1. Understand war from a global perspective and how different nations and societies conceive of and conduct war in diverse ways
  2. Evaluate the conduct of warfare and the influence of leadership at all levels of war (military and political)
  3. Evaluate the role of the home front on the conduct of war and civilians’ relations with wartime armed forces


Core Building Blocks

  1. Evaluate how civil-military relations in different societies influence the conceptualization and conduct of war at multiple levels
  2. Appreciate the soldier experience in war
  3. Appreciate the ways in which staff rides and battlefield analyses can contribute to a deeper understanding of military history
  4. Assess the ways in which identity (including class, race, gender, ethnicity, and religion) have influenced the ways in which societies has mobilized manpower and popular opinion and conceptualized their enemies
  5. Appreciate the moral and ethical issues related to war’s conduct
  6. Understand and appreciate the importance of interpreting military history for a public audience at museums and in other spaces


Supporting Building Blocks

  1. Consider the similarities and differences among war, genocide, and mass political violence
  2. Become familiar with arguments on cultural “ways of war”
  3. Understand how doctrine is influenced by organizational and institutional peculiarities of a nation’s armed forces
  4. Consider the ways in which ideology has had an impact on modern war
  5. Appreciate the value of veterans’ memoirs in understanding war as a human phenomenon


Week 2

Day 8 – Study Day

Day 9 – The First World War and its Aftermath

Day 10 – World War II–Causes, Alliances, and Strategies

Day 11 – World War II–A Global War

Day 12 – World War II–Battle Analysis and the Experience of War

Day 13 – Public History at The National WWII Museum

Day 14 – Study Day

Week 3 – The Post-World War II Era

Central Learning Objectives – Week 3

  1. Evaluate how and why wars end—militarily, politically, and diplomatically—and how societies and their armed forces define “victory” and “defeat” during war and in its aftermath
  2. Understand the changing nature of military engagements in the post-WWII, Cold War, and post-Cold War eras
  3. Appraise the similarities and differences among military history and memorialization, myth, and memory
  4. Understand how societies and their military institutions deal with veterans’ issues, both during and after wars


Core Building Blocks

  1. Consider how societies and their armed forces explain the outcomes of wars and how those explanations shape nations and militaries after wars end
  2. Examine the veteran experience and soldiers’ reintegration into society during and after war
  3. Understand the experiences of civilians caught in the path of war
  4. Appreciate the difficulties of nation-building in times of war
  5. Comprehend the value (and potential limitations) of oral histories in comparison to “official” histories of war


Supporting Building Blocks

  1. Appreciate the ways in which members of society dissent against war and the political and military impact of that dissent
  2. Evaluate the effects of war on social dislocation, migration, and refugee communities
  3. Appreciate class issues in relation to social mobilization, recruiting, and military service in times of war
  4. Evaluate the role that antiwar and peace movements play in policymakers’ wartime decision-making processes
  5. Consider the environmental issues of war


Week 3

Day 15 – Dinner and a Movie

Day 16 – The Cold War–A Grand Strategic Overview

Day 17 – The Age of Limited War–Vietnam

Day 18 – Vietnam and Beyond

Day 19 – The Changing Nature of the Military in “Modern War”

Day 20 – The Social and Cultural Components of War

Day 21 – Out-processing

Application Form

The Summer Seminar in Military History 2023 Application Form

Name:
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1. Please describe your interest in and experiences with military history. If you have taught or published about military history, please indicate where and on what subjects. How will you contribute to the development of the field of academic military history in the future? Please limit your response to 500 words.
2. Please explain how attending the Summer Seminar in Military History will help advance your study and/or teaching of history. What do you expect to get from this program and how does it fit into your long-term plans? Please limit your response to 500 words.
3. How did you hear about the Summer Seminar in Military History? (Summer Seminar in Military History website, other website, e-mail, brochure, scholarly journal, word of mouth, etc.)

For more information, please contact the Seminar Program Director, Dr. Bill Allison, at billallison@georgiasouthern.edu or the Principal Associate Director, Dr. Steph Hinnershitz at stephanie.hinnershitz@nationalww2museum.org.

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The deadline for submission of all materials is February 15, 2023.

Accommodations

The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

The official Hotel of The National WWII Museum, this stunning art-deco style property offers first-class accommodations, meeting spaces, and dining options providing a sophisticated lodging experience for guests. Named after local Higgins Industries shipbuilder Andrew Higgins, the Hotel pays tribute to a historic time when all Americans came together to secure victory and help change the world.

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