Ch 1: Introduction to War & American Society

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Introduction to War & American Society - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors offer a high-level introduction to the connections between American society and war. These simple lessons discuss different types of armed conflicts and examine the ways in which they have affected American society, diplomacy and patriotism. You'll also see how technology has shaped the ways the U.S. fights its wars. To help you reinforce your understanding of the lesson concepts, we've included short quizzes throughout the chapter. The chapter is accessible at any time that fits your schedule, and you can submit questions to our instructors if you need any extra help. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Describe the causes of war
  • Discuss the nature of rebellions, uprisings and various armed conflicts
  • Explain how war relates to American society and diplomacy
  • Summarize the history of U.S. war declarations
  • Interpret laws pertaining to the declaration of war
  • Assess opposition and controversy surrounding war and American patriotism
  • Recognize the impact that technological developments have had on war

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to War & American Society
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What is War? - Definition & Causes

1. What is War? - Definition & Causes

Have you ever wondered why, after thousands of years, there is still warfare? This lesson goes over some causes of war, including imperialism, nationalism, resources, religion, and territory.

Rebellions, Uprisings & Other Types of Armed Conflicts

2. Rebellions, Uprisings & Other Types of Armed Conflicts

War has been a big part of human history, but so have forms of violence that aren't really considered war. In this lesson, we'll examine non-war armed conflicts and check out some notable examples.

Primary Source: John Brown's Address to the Virginia Court in 1859

3. Primary Source: John Brown's Address to the Virginia Court in 1859

One of the most important figures in the lead-up to the Civil War, John Brown attempted to seize a government armory in 1859. He hoped to provide the weapons to black slaves and start a mass rebellion.

The Relationship Between American Society & War

4. The Relationship Between American Society & War

In this lesson, we will learn about the relationship between U.S. wars and society. We will highlight notable armed conflicts to discover how war affects society in general, and how it has shaped the development of the U.S.

The Relationship Between War & American Diplomacy

5. The Relationship Between War & American Diplomacy

When a global crisis occurs, should the USA go to war or resolve it diplomatically? That's been a question in American society since the beginning, and in this lesson we'll see how (and why) the answer's changed over time.

How the U.S. Declares War: History & Laws

6. How the U.S. Declares War: History & Laws

A declaration of war is a big deal, but who actually has the authority to do it? In this lesson, we'll examine the various ways that the US military can be dispatched.

War & American Patriotism: Opposition & Controversy

7. War & American Patriotism: Opposition & Controversy

In this lesson, we will examine the relationship between war and patriotism throughout American history. We will discover how some wars divided the American public and were unpopular, while others had widespread support and sparked strong feelings of patriotism.

War & the Development of Technology: Relationship & Impact

8. War & the Development of Technology: Relationship & Impact

In this lesson we will explore the relationship between technological developments and warfare. We will highlight military technological advances throughout history and understand the impact technology has on war.

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