The material on this site distills our experience teaching a course on America’s wars in Asia (once at the graduate and twice at the advanced undergraduate level). The decade of research that went into Arc of Empire added to our sense of the pedagogical possibilities.
The course is a proven winner. It attracts a wide variety of students. It holds their interests. And it opens for the instructor a wonderfully broad range of topics — from grand strategy and the soldier’s perspective to the dynamics of rural societies to the cultural construction of memory.
Let us know if these materials prove helpful in teaching about the U.S. Pacific wars either as a course in itself or as a module in a course. We’ll add more material to this site if interest justifies. And feel free to raise any course-related questions.