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Military History

Study history through the lens of our battles. Military history is a unique and intriguing way to learn about our past. Looking at the ways we decide to go to war, the strategies we employ, and the weapons we use, we can gain valuable insight into our societies, mindsets, and our own nature.

Study history through the lens of our battles. Military history is a unique and intriguing way to learn about our past. Looking at the ways we decide to go to war, the strategies we employ, and the weapons we use, we can gain valuable insight into our societies, mindsets, and our own nature.

Since the dawn of human civilization, different groups have gone to war with one another. Because of this, military history is an essential aspect of who we’ve been, who we are, and who we might be in the future.

But military history is about more than just great battles. It’s just as much about the importance of strategic decision making, about the relationship between warfare and technology, and about how split-second thinking can define history for centuries to come.

Patton and Military History

Learn from Military Blunders and Defeats

Patton and Military History

Of course, not all military history is morale-boosting. For every victory, there is also defeat. Our military history courses don’t shy away from exploring military blunders—and the potent lessons we can learn from them.

Some examples of military misfortune you’ll learn about in these online courses include:

  • The ancient Roman military’s defeat at the Battle of Carrhae, which resulted from glaring intelligence failures and poor decision making
  • Napoleon’s iconic errors that led to his failed invasion of Russia, which included unimaginative frontal tactical assaults
  • World War I’s doomed Gallipoli campaign, one of the most infamous episodes of incompetence in military history
  • Operation Market Garden, one of the worst military blunders of World War II and a bold air/land mission that underestimated German resistance

Learn How Great Militaries Operate

Throughout these online lectures, whether they focus on the military history of the United States of America or troop movements in ancient Asia, you’ll probe the heart of how militaries throughout history have operated, and how they’ve tapped into (or ignored entirely) elements central to military success:

  • Surprise
  • Strategy
  • Simplicity
  • Speed
  • Clarity
  • Creativity

As a result, you’ll get fascinating looks into the strategies of some of military history’s famous (and infamous) leaders, including

  • Alexander the Great
  • George Washington
  • Genghis Khan

Experience the Drama and Scope of Warfare Throughout History

Dwight D. Eisenhower Military History

These military history courses feature everything from illustrated maps to 3-D animations to historical photographs in an effort to bring military history to life.

Together, they’re an enthralling learning experience that highlights the drama, poignancy, power, and scope of war.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Military History

Visit the Front Lines of Military History

Our military history courses are a fantastic starting point from which to learn how warfare has shaped our world. Taking you from the earliest battles in human history to the front lines of the 20th century’s most defining conflicts, these courses immerse you in their glory, their spectacle, their violence, their victories and defeats, and their enduring legacies.

With these military history courses, you’ll get a chance to go back in time and revisit these and other world-shaping battles:

  • The Battle of Actium, a naval battle from 31 B.C. that marked the end of the Roman Republic and the start of the Roman Empire
  • The Battle of Badr, which established Islam firmly as a legitimate religion that could not be suppressed, and which transformed the prophet Muhammad into a political force.
  • The Battle of Hastings in 1066, which created a new fusion of cultures in England—and oriented the country permanently toward mainland Europe
  • The Battle of San Jacinto, which lasted a mere 18 minutes and resulted in the United States’ acquisition of nearly one-third of its continental land mass
  • The Battle of Stalingrad, which ended the seemingly endless ascendancy of Nazi Germany’s eastward expansion

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