MILH363 - 17th and 18th Century Military History

Course Details

Course Code: MILH363 Course ID: 3877 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course covers the history of warfare from the Spanish Armada in 1588 to the dawn of the French Revolutionary wars in the 1790s. The 17th and 18th centuries were an era in world history abound in continuous warfare. The militaries of Europe in particular were still primarily composed of mercenaries, politically and often militarily unreliable. Warfare in this era was not confined to the plains of Europe; the world’s oceans also played host to their own form of combat. The 17th and 18th centuries at sea began with Great Britain on the verge of invasion from the Spanish Armada to Great Britain becoming the unquestioned master of the ocean. Thus, the 17th and 18th centuries began in an aura of indecisiveness and closed awash in the destruction of “world” war. The evolution of warfare from the inconclusive to the decisive battle is explored in depth. (Prerequisite: HIST300/HS334 for History and Military History majors only)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
07/31/2023 - 12/29/2023 01/01/2024 - 02/25/2024 January Winter 2024 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of 17th and 18th Century Warfare students will be able to:

CO 1 - Assess the reasons behind European reliance on mercenary armies at the turn of the 17th century.

CO 2 - Critique the exploits of the era’s top commanders (Maurice of Nassau, Gustavus Adolphus, Lord Marlborough, Frederick the Great, George Washington).

CO 3 - Analyze the progress of the European “military revolution” from 1600 to 1780.

CO 4 - Appraise the concept of “decisive war” between the Thirty Years War and the Seven Years War.

CO 5 - Evaluate the key naval battles of the era and their place in the worldwide military revolution.

Your course grade will consist of the average of the weekly forums, a research paper of 8-10 pages, an essay of 4 pages, and a final exam. The forums, which will comprise 40% of your grade, are where you will demonstrate your grasp of the readings and the key events, decisions, and personalities of the time. Each forum posting must be of a sufficient length to demonstrate your mastery of the topic, which is a minimum of 250 words. In addition, you must respond to at least 3 of your classmates and your instructor’s follow-up to your initial post with each post being at least 100 words. Please see the assignment section for more information about your essay and research paper. The final exam will be two essay questions that tie the entire course together.

This course requires thoughtful reading and analysis. The class discussions, essay, research paper, and final exam are designed to allow you to demonstrate a thorough comprehension of the concepts introduced in the readings. Your perception of the issues introduced in these readings will be shaped by your worldview and experience. Feel free to report your views but do so in a considerate and thoughtful manner. Since this is an undergraduate-level coursework, do not merely regurgitate information from the reading assignments. You are expected to analyze, critique, and agree/disagree, with the authors. My expectation is that your work is original. Academic integrity is essential. Scrupulously acknowledge the source of direct quotes, paraphrased passages, and another’s ideas. The instructor will check all papers for plagiarism.

As this is a college course, I expect students to perform at the appropriate level. You are responsible for your work and I expect students to proof read all material they submit. Contractions, grammatical errors, misspellings, profanity, and slang are not tolerated.

All assignments must be uploaded under the proper assignment located in the E-Classroom. All assignments must be submitted in Microsoft Word. DOC. DOCX. Or RTF. Files. All assignments should be completed in 12 point Times New Roman font and double-spaced.

While Distance Learning, as conducted by the American Public University System, is inherently flexible, convenient, and loosely structured, I do expect you to meet course deadlines. If your personal or professional schedule prevents you from meeting an assignment deadline, contact me immediately. I will work with you, within reason, to ensure your success is not hindered by avoidable, administrative matters.

ESSAY: Please see the assignment in the classroom for more details.

As a precursor to your research paper and to give you an opportunity to write and see how I evaluate your writing a 4-page paper is due in Week4. It is a good precursor for your research paper and will allow you to get a feel for writing about military history.

RESEARCH PAPER: Please see the assignment in the classroom for more details.

In 8-10 pages, please make an argument in your paper using both primary and secondary sources on a topic related to this class.

NameGrade %
Discussions 40.00%
Introduction 2.00%
Week 2: Maurice of Nassau 4.00%
Week 2 Follow Up 2.00%
Week 3: The Thirty Years' War 4.00%
Week 3 Follow Up 2.00%
Week 4: English Civil War 4.00%
Week 4 Follow Up 2.00%
Week 5: Frederick the Great 4.00%
Week 5 Follow Up 2.00%
Week 6: The Seven Years' War 4.00%
Week 6 Follow Up 2.00%
Week 7: The Revolution at Sea 4.00%
Week 7 Follow Up 2.00%
Week 8: Final Reflection 2.00%
Research Paper 30.00%
Research Paper 30.00%
Final Exam 20.00%
Final Exam 20.00%
Essay 10.00%
Essay 10.00%

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.