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Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec | South County Education Center

History is the most inclusive and wide-ranging of intellectual pursuits. No other discipline offers more to those who take seriously one of the central purposes of humanistic studies: to educate an informed, thinking, and aware society capable of meeting the challenges of the new century. Gain an understanding of the present and training for the future by building a foundation through knowledge of the past with our history classes.

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NEW! WWII: Iron Bottom Sound

This class will focus on the naval engagements off the Guadalcanal during that campaign. As fierce as the fighting was on the island, the losses at sea were worse as the U.S. Navy leaned how to fight the Imperial Navy.
HIST:714 | $25 | Age 60+: $18.50
F01 | M 7-9:30 p.m. | Chris Ketcherside | Sept. 17 | MC - SO, 205

NEW! A Match Made in Germany

This marriage was made in Germany and through various twists and turns all of their sons made it to America, though at different times. The records of their sojourns and well as their underlying stability made them easy to trace in later years. All were born in Sankt Martin, Bavaria. Their story of this family of six adults and their journey will keep you guessing as to how it's going to turn out. If it were a novel, it would be a page turner. No one stated that a genealogical story can't be fun and entertaining in the process of telling. Perhaps stories in your own family might surface as well.
HIST:702 | $19 | Age 60+: $19
F01 | Th 7-8:30 p.m. | Gloria Perry | Sept. 20 | MC - BA, 105
NOTE: Room changed to BA-105.

NEW! 1066: Vikings

The Norman invasion of England in 1066 wasn't the only threat King Harold Godwinson faced that year. Harald Hardrada of Norway also had a claim to the throne, and the Viking threat was just as serious as the one from the Normans. The battles of Gate Fulford and Stamford Bridge decided the fate of not only the Viking king, but impacted the battle of Hastings as well. This class will look at 1066 from a Scandinavian point of view.
HIST:712 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F01 | Tu 7-9 p.m. | Thomas Hoff | Sept. 25 | MC - CS, 206

NEW! WWI: 1918

2018 marks the Centenary of the conclusion of the Great War. 1918 was the year during which Germany launched offensives and continued unrestricted submarine warfare in a race to win the war before American power became a decisive factor. It was the year during which the American Expeditionary Force was built up, trained and committed to combat. The year 1918 saw near revolution in Germany, abdication of the Kaiser, the Armistice and the first steps down the road to what French Marshal Foch said, "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years." Spend an evening exploring this decisive year in world history.
HIST:714 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F02 | Tu 7-9 p.m. | James Gallen | Sept. 25 | MC - SO, 205

NEW! WWII: Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

Spend an evening learning about the battles of Leyte Gulf and the Philippines campaign, as well as the U.S. Navy's destruction of the Japanese fleet at the hands of the Navy's smallest ships.
HIST:714 | $25 | Age 60+: $18.50
F03 | M 7-9:30 p.m. | Chris Ketcherside | Oct. 22 | MC - BA, 116

NEW! West Point in the Pre-Civil War Period

West Point was a controversial institution established by Congress to make "officers and gentlemen." Yet it proved to be a remarkable proving ground for men who would ultimately fight each other in the Civil War. This class will describe how it formed these soldiers.
HIST:705 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F01 | Tu 7-9 p.m. | Vincent Heier | Oct. 23 | MC - BA, 12

NEW! General John J. Pershing

Spend an evening reflecting on the life of America's and Missouri's highest-ranking soldier. A century ago Gen. John J. Pershing marched into history as commander of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. Follow "Black Jack" Pershing through his birth and youth in Missouri and onto his years at West Point as a cadet and instructor, through his time in the Indian Wars as an officer in a Buffalo Soldier unit. You will also learn about his stand alongside the Rough Riders in Cuba, his assignment to the Philippines during the Insurrection, and his command of the Mexican Expedition in search of Pancho Villa before America's entry into the Great War.
HIST:714 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F04 | M 7-9 p.m. | James Gallen | Nov. 5 | MC - SO, 108

NEW! Elizabeth Bacon Custer: Military Wife and Widow of a Legend

Libbie Custer, as she was called, married the controversial soldier George Armstrong Custer in 1864. She proved to be a dutiful wife, enduring campaigner, and ultimately Custer's staunchest defender. This class will give insight as to the role of officers' wives in the period as well as how one can shape a legend.
HIST:703 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F01 | Th 7-9 p.m. | Vincent Heier | Nov. 8 | MC - BA, 112

NEW! The Revolutionary War at Sea

More Colonial troops died at sea than on land. Sea power determined whether the Colonies would gain their independence or not. Doug Schneider will show how the British, Americans, and French conducted the Revolutionary War at sea. (Doug will talk about the two cannons in St. Louis that came from a British frigate that tried to bombard Charleston, South Carolina, in 1776.) And you will learn about the beginnings of submarine warfare and find out how John Paul Jones apologized to the British after the Revolutionary War.
HIST:704 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F01 | Th 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider | Nov. 15 | MC - CS, 206

Pakistan I: Foundations-Pakistan at its Inception

Though they were both formally emancipated from British rule on August 15, 1947, Pakistan celebrates its independence on August 14th, while India recognizes the 15th as its birthday. This is not the only issue on which the subcontinent's nuclear powers disagree. The first installment of the Pakistan series will discuss the reasons for partition, i.e., the establishment of a separate Muslim state, that emerged during the fight for independence after nearly a century of British colonial rule. By examining the role of the Muslim League, Mahatma Gandhi, geography, religion, resources, and history in the creation of Pakistan, this course will create a foundational framework through which to understand some of the underlying issues that have shaped the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
HIST:727 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F01 | Th 7-9 p.m. | Katie Young | Sept. 6 | STLCC-SC, 120

Pakistan II: The Nascent State of Pakistan

India's first prime minister and, besides Mahatma Gandhi, founding father, Jawaharlal Nehru, had nearly three decades in which to implement the principles he envisioned for the state he helped to create. Pakistan's founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, died a year after his country was born. A thousand miles of hostile India divided the industrialized "West Pakistan" from the agricultural "East Pakistan". The only viable organ of state that Pakistan won upon independence was its military. This course will discuss the myriad of challenges that faced a nascent Pakistan, including the sources of its intense (and mutual) animosity toward India. It will outline three "Indo-Pak wars", as they are known, ending with a second round of partition, in which Pakistan lost over half of its population and a considerable amount of revenue. Please join us to unravel the causes and some of the shattering effects of the subcontinent's still unresolved acrimony.
HIST:727 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F02 | Th 7-9 p.m. | Katie Young | Sept. 20 | STLCC-SC, 104

Pakistan III: The Military State of Pakistan

When asked to name his heroes, American Congressman Charlie Wilson named Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and General Zia ul-Haq. The third installment of the Pakistan series will introduce the latter, as well as his predecessor, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who General Zia ousted in a coup. This was a period of intense international involvement and intrigue, as Pakistan carved out its role in the Soviet incursion into Afghanistan, sought an atomic bomb, and encouraged the burgeoning belief that Pakistani control of Kashmir was a religious, not merely a territorial, issue. Engaging in the study of this fascinating period in Pakistan's history will help to explain its growing current of Islamism, the pattern of military leadership in Pakistan, and Pakistan's role in both the fall of the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet deterioration of Afghanistan.
HIST:727 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F03 | Th 7-9 p.m. | Katie Young | Oct. 4 | STLCC-SC, 120

Pakistan IV: The Challenge of Modern Pakistan

The 2011 capture of Osama bin Laden just 75 miles outside of Pakistan's capital city, Islamabad, illustrates the complications of America's relationship with our important ally in the War on Terror. The Pakistani state has gained notoriety for dealing with subversive elements for the purpose of advancing its aims. This course will discuss the objectives of these associations, as well as the threat of another round of armed conflict with India, attempts at conciliation, domestic political intrigue, including the return and assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and Pakistan's classification by multiple outlets as the most dangerous country on the planet. Can a nation that has neglected its infrastructure in favor of military development maintain the vestiges of a democratic state? Should a state associated with corruption and heavy-handed domestic policies be trusted to combat regional terrorism? What is the alternative? Please join us to discuss whether Pakistan is an indispensable partner or dangerous fifth column in the tense climate of modern global affairs.
HIST:727 | $19 | Age 60+: $14
F04 | Th 7-9 p.m. | Katie Young | Oct. 18 | STLCC-SC, 104

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