History 425 (001) War and Society
The main focus of this course is on war as an engine of historical change from the late medieval age to modern times. It examines collective identities of social and cultural groups, nations, empires, and modern states in the context of war. We will analyze the concepts of limited vs. total war, and “conventional” vs. asymmetrical warfare. Our interdisciplinary approach to the subject involves exploring contemporary and historical debates about the nature of war, its causes, morality, and social, political, economic, and cultural functions.