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HIST 4243 Religion and International Relations (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course aims to look at the role of religion in international affairs in historical perspective, beginning with the Peace of Westphalia of 1648. We will examine how religion was either causal or tangential, or some variation of the two, in the shaping of relations between nations over the past 500 years, with a particular focus on the 20th century. We will study several major world religions and explore how religious beliefs shaped diplomatic practice. We will consider: sovereignty, communism, clerical-fascism, religious "fundamentalism," Islam and the West, global political Catholicism, India and Hindu nationalism, China and the new Confucianism.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Charles Gallagher, S.J.

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

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Last Updated: 09-Jan-15