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Spring 2017-2018
* HIS 350 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

History of International Order

Natasha G. Wheatley

This course charts the history of international order from the 1815 Congress of Vienna to today's world system. It is a saga of grand schemes for world parliaments and universal peace, as well as imperial domination and dismal violence. Can the globe be governed? Can great power politics be squared with global ethics? And how do the rights of states relate to the rights of individuals? We will investigate shifting answers to these questions in conversation with figures like Kant, Marx, Wilson, Ho Chi Minh, Arendt. As we track the struggle between power and morality from Metternich to the IMF, we uncover the origins of the world we know today.

Sample reading list:
Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace
Mark Mazower, Governing the World: The History of an Idea
Erez Manela, The Wilsonian Moment
Samuel Moyn, The Last Utopia

Reading/Writing assignments:
150 pages reading per week. Four document exercises (2 pages each) based on primary documents included in the class syllabus: One essay (8-10 pages) due after the mid-semester break; One take-home final exam.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
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Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43459 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T Th   Louis A. Simpson International   A71   Enrolled:16 Limit:
44045 P01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   McCormick Hall   274   Enrolled:11 Limit:12
44046 P02 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm Th   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:5 Limit:12
43460 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled