Watch and take notes on this 5-minute clip from the 2006 Spanish film Alatriste, depicting Spanish tercio (“pike and shot”) formations against French forces during the Battle of Rocroi in 1643, during the Thirty Years’ War. Rocroi was fought in the Ardennes region of northern France.
Questions to consider:
What equipment are the soldiers using?
What tactics does each side employ?
How do forces communicate on the battlefield?
How does this depiction differ from paintings made of the battle? For example …
Familiarize yourself with the Blackboard set-up and bookmark the course website.
Obtain the textbook by Glatthaar, The American Military: A Concise History — from campus bookstore or rent/buy online.
Download the 2-volume textbook, American Military History as free PDFs — see links in the sidebar or under “Getting Started” on Blackboard.
Contribute to the Day 1 introduction discussion board by 11:59 pm on Jan 18.
Read the assigned chapters for Jan 18 and 20. Take notes and define the syllabus terms as you read.
Sign up to present 2 different chapters, on the Google spreadsheet linked on Blackboard and the course website, by Jan 21 at 11:59 pm.
Got questions? Put them on the Troubleshooting discussion board, or email me at email@example.com
Finally, yes — this class has a significant reading load. I’ve identified key terms in each chapter on the syllabus for each day, which should help you know what to look for as you read, and the peer chapter presentations starting next week will also help make sense of the readings. I’ll have more to say about how to read the textbooks in our early days together — don’t let the length of these books concern you too much at this point.