Paradoxes of War

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  • Introduction/Welcome
    • The basic paradoxes of war: how it builds and destroys, produces love and hate are discussed. Outline of course and general expectations.
  • The Nature of War
    • War is a product of both “natural” instincts and a social creation involving the imposition of organization and authority structures.
  • The Causes of War
    • Causes of war may be described as material, cultural, and psychological. At the heart of war is the product of us-them dynamics.
  • The Experience of War
    • In order to understand the social creation of war we need to

      appreciate that this is an activity VERY few would engage in

      with control or inducement.
  • Making Warriors
    • Warriors are taught a set of values of which duty and honor

      are fundamental. These are taught through the imposition of

  • The War of Armies
    • Wars are about organized violence and this part of the

      course traces the managerial and technological

      developments necessary to culminate in total wars.
  • The Progress of Battle
    • Historical overview of battle formations from phalanx to gunpowder revolution to industrialized war.
  • The War of Societies
    • Wars can also be about societal survival and we look at three examples: conquest, genocide, and strategic bombing.
  • Social Aspects of War: Nation State and Nationalism
    • Wars help build states and nationalism
  • Social Aspects of War: Democracy, Citizenship, and Social Equality
    • Wars also develop citizenship and democratic demands
  • The Rise of the Rest
    • While the West was dominant for 500 years, beginning in

      1945 new forms of war have challenged the technological

      and organizational supremacy of old empires.
  • New Challenges
    • Wars are not fought as they were yet militaries are still organized anachronistically.
  • Final Lecture
    • Summary of the class.