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Sea Power and its Influence in Modern Warfare

October 13, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - October 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

The military significance of sea power evolved rapidly after modern navies changed from sailing ships to ships that were powered by steam and other fuels. This seminar will focus on the naval aspects of modern warfare, with particular attention to the changing ideas about sea power in the late 19th century, the battleship race of the early 20th century, the development of submarines, aircraft carriers and new naval strategies in the two world wars, and the new uses of naval forces after World War II. Our guides for this analysis of sea power will be outstanding UNC historians Gerhard Weinberg and Joe Caddell, both of whom have written and taught about the importance of new technologies in the history of warfare. Join us for a careful exploration of how sea power has influenced modern international conflicts, national identities, and military strategies.


From Wind to Steam: The Evolution of Modern Sea Power

Joseph Caddell, Lecturer in History

Sea Power in World War I

Gerhard L. Weinberg, William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of History Emeritus

Sea Power in World War II

Gerhard Weinberg

Sea Power in the Nuclear Age: Continuity or Revolution? 

Joseph Caddell

Sea Power’s Important Role in Modern Wars and International Politics 

A panel discussion with our speakers


Friday, October 13, 4:30pm-8:30pm. Saturday, October 14, 9:00am-1:00pm. The tuition is $125 ($110 by September 1). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by September 1). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional dinner is $20.00.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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October 13, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
October 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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