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HIST 4259 Theories of Violence (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course exams critical theories of violence in their historical contexts. The unprecedented destruction of the twentieth century generated new ways of thinking about symbolic, structural, psychic, and bodily harm. Beyond traditional moral vocabularies such as just war theory, we will read challenging thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, Frantz Fanon, and Slavoj Zizek who have addressed the distinctive qualities of the violence of our own modern age. Our goal will be to grasp what these worthwhile theorists were saying as well as to grapple with the times in which they wrote.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Julian Bourg

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

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Last Updated: 28-Feb-14