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HIST 3271 Study and Writing of History: The Melancholy of War (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course explores the history of war trauma and attempts to grapple with the psychological harm produced by modern warfare. It considers three perspectives and sets of sources: medical and psychoanalytic theories of war neuroses from nostalgia and neurasthenia to shell shock and post traumatic stress disorder; soldiers’ letters and journals that provide access to the lived experience of armed conflict; and attempts to mediate the horrors of war in literary and art works. This course serves as an introduction to the tools of the historian and to the crafting of a research essay based on primary sources.


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Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

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Last Updated: 18-Feb-14