Military History

Military history is a humanities discipline within the scope of general historical recording of armed conflict in the history of humanity, and its impact on the societies, cultures and economies thereof, as well as the resulting changes to local and international relationships.

Professional historians normally focus on military affairs that had a major impact on the societies involved as well as the aftermath of conflicts, while amateur historians and hobbyists often take a larger interest in the details of battles, equipment and uniforms in use.

The essential subjects of military history study are the causes of war, the social and cultural foundations, military doctrine on each side, the logistics, leadership, technology, strategy, and tactics used, and how these changed over time. On the other hand, Just War Theory explores the moral dimensions of warfare, and to better limit the destructive reality caused by war, seeks to establish a doctrine of military ethics.

As an applied field, military history has been studied at academies and service schools because the military command seeks to not repeat past mistakes, and improve upon its current performance by instilling an ability in commanders to perceive historical parallels during a battle, so as to capitalize on the lessons learned from the past. When certifying military history instructors the Combat Studies Institute deemphasizes rote detail memorization and focuses on themes and context in relation to current and future conflict, using the motto "Past is Prologue."

The discipline of military history is dynamic, changing with development as much of the subject area as the societies and organisations that make use of it. The dynamic nature of the discipline of military history is largely related to the rapidity of change the military forces, and the art and science of managing them, as well as the frenetic pace of technological development that had taken place during the period known as the Industrial Revolution, and more recently in the nuclear and information ages. An important recent concept is the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) which attempts to explain how warfare has been shaped by emerging technologies, such as gunpowder. It highlights the short outbursts of rapid change followed by periods of relative stability.

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Matching Military History Colleges

American Public University System
Four or more years; Private for profit; $6,480 average out-state tuition; $6,480 average in-state tuition
Norwich University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $36,554 average out-state tuition; $36,554 average in-state tuition
United States Military Academy
Four or more years; Public
United States Air Force Academy
Four or more years; Public
Hawaii Pacific University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $24,200 average out-state tuition; $24,200 average in-state tuition
Austin Peay State University
Four or more years; Public; $21,624 average out-state tuition; $6,384 average in-state tuition
Columbia College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $8,712 average out-state tuition; $8,712 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Military History Majors

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Bess Heflin Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

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Bess Heflin Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

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Honors Scholarship - The College of New Rochelle

The College of New Rochelle

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Honors Scholarship - The College of New Rochelle

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Dean's Scholarship - The College of New Rochelle

The College of New Rochelle

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Dean's Scholarship - The College of New Rochelle

The College of New Rochelle

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City of New Rochelle Resident Award

The College of New Rochelle

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City of New Rochelle Resident Award

The College of New Rochelle

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Catholic High School Graduate Award

The College of New Rochelle

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Merit Transfer Scholarship - The College of New Rochelle

The College of New Rochelle

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Merit Transfer Scholarship - The College of New Rochelle

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St. Angela Award

The College of New Rochelle

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The College of New Rochelle

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Ray and Betty Ramseyer Scholarship

University of California, San Diego

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Ray and Betty Ramseyer Scholarship

University of California, San Diego

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Holzbock Humanities Scholarship

Oakland University

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Holzbock Humanities Scholarship

Oakland University

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Helen Ingersoll Cappadocia and Enzio Cappadocia Fellowship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

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Helen Ingersoll Cappadocia and Enzio Cappadocia Fellowship

University of Montana, Missoula - College of Arts and Sciences

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