DA3760 Soul of the Sword: The History of Weapons

This course examines the evolution of weapons primarily from a cultural and anthropological perspective, the aim being to provide military professionals with a more basic insight into how and why arms are and were chosen; how the use of weaponry and the concept of courage have manifested themselves over time, and the manner in which the institution of war has been influenced by the nature of the armaments extant at the time conflict took place. The course will place special emphasis on not only the roots of weaponry very early in human existence, but also the characteristics and use of "weapons" (i.e., teeth, claws, antlers etc.) by other species. This course will cover a vast sweep of history; expect to cover rocks and rockets along with everything in between. Prerequisites: None.

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Quarter Offered

  • Fall
  • Spring