Prof. Merritt Roe Smith
MIT Course Number
21H.116J / STS.029J
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Although attention will be devoted to the causes and long-term consequences of the Civil War, this class will focus primarily on the war years (1861-1865) with special emphasis on the military and technological aspects of the conflict. Four questions, long debated by historians, will receive close scrutiny:
- What caused the war?
- Why did the North win the war?
- Could the South have won?
- To what extent is the Civil War America's "defining moment"?