This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Military historians typically pursue their craft by examining the causes, conduct, and consequences of warfare. We will follow this formula through the use of lectures, discussions, and videos to explore World War II in the Pacific.
We will consider the causes (Why Pearl Harbor?), the conduct (brutal campaigns of annihilation carried out on the sea, the land, and in the air by means of a two pronged assault by US forces against the outposts of the Japanese Empire and the home islands), and the consequences (the occupation of Japan, the rise of revolutionary nationalism in Asia, the collapse of European colonialism).
Much of this material remains controversial (the influence of racism on both sides; the use of strategic bombing against cities; the legitimacy of and need for the use of atomic bombs against Hiroshima and Nagasaki.) We may not resolve these issues but we will get a glimpse of the military historian’s craft and obtain an unromanticized examination of the War in the Pacific.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.