War and Peace
Course Description:This course begins with the physical and psychological devastation of World War I, the aftermath of the Treaty of Versailles, the Bolshevik Revolution. It examines political and social causes for the rise of totalitarian states and the outbreak of war. It also focuses on literary, artistic, and philosophical responses to war, oppression, and the Holocaust. Unlike the other historical courses, the segments for this course are designated according to disciplines or fields. It is especially important that instructors collaborate and know the content and emphases of the other segments.? Segment 1: Political HistoryThis segment lays out for students the history of the major wars (at least from an American perspective) of the twentieth century. It begins with World War I, the Treaty of Versailles, and the Bolshevik Revolution. It also covers (but is not necessarily limited to) World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War.? Segment 2: Literary and Artistic Responses Through a variety of literary (and artistic) genres, this segments examines the effects of war, peace, totalitarianism, and economic depression, etc. on society; it also looks at literature and art as forms of protest.? Segment 3: Ethical and Religious ResponsesThis segment studies philosophical and theological responses to war and to the Holocaust; it also examines how religion could be both a contributing force and a resisting force to the build-up to war and the Holocaust.
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