History Department
History Department

John E. Lamphear


Professor EmeritusPh.D., 1972, University of London

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Biography


Research interests

He is writing a nineteenth century military history of East Africa and is also researching the early trade in firearms to the same region.

Courses taught

His major teaching fields were African and military history.

 

Courses


HIS 306N • Africa: A Visual Journey

37790 • Fall 2004
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 5
(also listed as AFR 317)

 

 

HIS 349R • Military History To 1640

38235 • Fall 2004
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 1
(also listed as AHC 330)

This class surveys the military history of the Near Eastern and Western worlds from the beginnings of recorded history (~3100 BC) to the Reformation (~AD 1650). The course is chronologically arranged and examines the spectrum of data between material and textual. It begins by studying human conflict in the ancient Near East. It then transitions to warfare in the classical world, which culminated in Rome’s seemingly unstoppable legions. The course then traces the military ascendancy of Islam and the response of the crusades before concluding with the so-called “wars of religion.” Students will analyze the strategic, operational, and tactical objectives (or lack thereof) of the major campaigns. They will explore naval engagements, decisive land battles, siege warfare, subterfuge, and everything else on the periphery. Students will also examine the moral, religious, political, and economic factors that preceded battlefield encounters. Above all, this class follows the tragic, exciting, and unpredictable story of organized human violence.

 

Texts:

Philip de Souza, ed., The Ancient World at War: A Global History (Thames & Hudson)

Maurice Keen, ed., Medieval Warfare: A History (Oxford University Press)

Thomas F. Arnold, The Renaissance at War (Smithsonian Books)

Grading:

Examinations: 60% (2 x 30% ea.); Engagement 40% (2 x 20% ea.)

HIS 350L • Roots Of War-W

35830 • Spring 2004
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM GAR 107

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 349R • Military History To 1640

36575 • Fall 2003
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 1

This class surveys the military history of the Near Eastern and Western worlds from the beginnings of recorded history (~3100 BC) to the Reformation (~AD 1650). The course is chronologically arranged and examines the spectrum of data between material and textual. It begins by studying human conflict in the ancient Near East. It then transitions to warfare in the classical world, which culminated in Rome’s seemingly unstoppable legions. The course then traces the military ascendancy of Islam and the response of the crusades before concluding with the so-called “wars of religion.” Students will analyze the strategic, operational, and tactical objectives (or lack thereof) of the major campaigns. They will explore naval engagements, decisive land battles, siege warfare, subterfuge, and everything else on the periphery. Students will also examine the moral, religious, political, and economic factors that preceded battlefield encounters. Above all, this class follows the tragic, exciting, and unpredictable story of organized human violence.

 

Texts:

Philip de Souza, ed., The Ancient World at War: A Global History (Thames & Hudson)

Maurice Keen, ed., Medieval Warfare: A History (Oxford University Press)

Thomas F. Arnold, The Renaissance at War (Smithsonian Books)

Grading:

Examinations: 60% (2 x 30% ea.); Engagement 40% (2 x 20% ea.)

HIS 382L • East Africa

35950 • Spring 2003
Meets TH 9:30AM-12:30PM GAR 205

Topics in African History.

Seminar on selected topics on precolonial African societies and African societies since 1875.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

HIS 306N • Africa: A Visual Journey

35765 • Fall 2002
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM GAR 109
(also listed as AFR 317)

 

 

HIS 349R • Military History To 1640

35540 • Spring 2002
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 216

This class surveys the military history of the Near Eastern and Western worlds from the beginnings of recorded history (~3100 BC) to the Reformation (~AD 1650). The course is chronologically arranged and examines the spectrum of data between material and textual. It begins by studying human conflict in the ancient Near East. It then transitions to warfare in the classical world, which culminated in Rome’s seemingly unstoppable legions. The course then traces the military ascendancy of Islam and the response of the crusades before concluding with the so-called “wars of religion.” Students will analyze the strategic, operational, and tactical objectives (or lack thereof) of the major campaigns. They will explore naval engagements, decisive land battles, siege warfare, subterfuge, and everything else on the periphery. Students will also examine the moral, religious, political, and economic factors that preceded battlefield encounters. Above all, this class follows the tragic, exciting, and unpredictable story of organized human violence.

 

Texts:

Philip de Souza, ed., The Ancient World at War: A Global History (Thames & Hudson)

Maurice Keen, ed., Medieval Warfare: A History (Oxford University Press)

Thomas F. Arnold, The Renaissance at War (Smithsonian Books)

Grading:

Examinations: 60% (2 x 30% ea.); Engagement 40% (2 x 20% ea.)

HIS 306N • Africa: A Visual Journey

35865 • Fall 2000
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 109
(also listed as AFR 317)

 

 

Publications


Lamphear.J. (2003) Sub-Saharan African Warfare. Routledge Routledge

Lamphear.J. (1996) Continuing Crisis in Rwanda and Burundi. Americana Annual, Grolier, Inc. Americana Annual, Grolier, Inc.

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