The War, Society and Culture group is currently working towards becoming an official program in the Department of History. The group aims to further our historical understanding of armed conflict by richly contextualizing warfare in the cultures, societies, economies, and environments in which it takes place. Drawing on our department’s traditional strengths in the history of gender and in cultural and social history, we examine how war has served as an arena for the expression of gender norms, cultural concepts of virtue and honor, and military ethics.
Together, our affiliated faculty address all historical eras and regions of the world. Transnational and comparative in approach, the military history graduate curriculum introduces students to pre-modern military traditions and traces their evolution to the present day.
Beginning in Fall 2017, graduate students with research interests in war, society, and culture are meeting every other week in a reading-group or workshop format. For upcoming events, see News & Events in the right-hand menu. For details or to add yourself to the group’s email list, contact Denis Alfin.
For undergraduate courses in military history, see the Department of History’s Courses page. For graduate courses, see the Department of History’s Graduate Courses pages.