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Fall 2015-2016
* POL 388 (SA)   No Audit

Causes of War

Gary J. Bass

Why do states and peoples go to war? Conversely, how can war be avoided? This course surveys some of the most important explanations--including human nature, the anarchic international system, domestic politics, economics, technology, nationalism and terrorism--and evaluates them in light of historical wars, and of crises resolved short of war. Cases include the Peloponnesian War, the Napoleonic Wars, World War I, World War II, the Cuban missile crisis, ex-Yugoslavia's wars, and September 11.

Sample reading list:
Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
Immanuel Kant, To Perpetual Peace
Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August
George Kennan, American Diplomacy
Lucy Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews 1933-1945
Noel Malcolm, Bosnia
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
200 pages of reading per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 10%
Papers - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21865 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M W   McCosh Hall   28   Enrolled:91 Limit:
23684 P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   East Pyne Building   233   Enrolled:13 Limit:15 Closed
24188 P01A 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   Corwin Hall   126   Enrolled:11 Limit:15 Closed
23685 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:12 Limit:15 Closed
23686 P03 9:00 am - 9:50 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
23687 P04 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:12 Limit:15 Closed
23688 P05 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:12 Limit:15 Closed
23689 P06 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Peyton Hall   33   Enrolled:14 Limit:15 Closed
23690 P07 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Peyton Hall   33   Enrolled:8 Limit:15 Closed
23691 P08 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:9 Limit:15 Closed
22056 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled