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The Paradoxes of War teaches us to understand that war is not only a normal part of human existence, but is arguably one of the most important factors in making us who we are. Through this course, I hope that you will come to appreciate that war is both a natural expression of common human emotions and interactions and a constitutive part of how we cohere as groups. That is, war is paradoxically an expression of our basest animal nature and the exemplar of our most vaunted and valued civilized virtues. You will learn some basic military history and sociology in this course as a lens for the more important purpose of seeing the broader social themes and issues related to war. I want you to both learn about war, but more importantly, use it as way of understanding your everyday social world. So, for example, the discussion of war and gender will serve to start you thinking about how expectations of masculinity are created and our discussion of nationalism will make clear how easy “us-them” dichotomies can be established and (ab)used. I will suggest some readings for you to complement the class and assign some activities through which you will be able to apply the theoretical insights from the course to your observations of everyday life. At the end of the course, you will start to see war everywhere and come to appreciate how much it defines our life....
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完成时间为 17 分钟

Introduction/Welcome

The basic paradoxes of war: how it builds and destroys, produces love and hate are discussed. Outline of course and general expectations....
Reading
1 个视频(共 7 分钟), 1 个阅读材料
Video1 个视频
Welcome7分钟
Reading1 个阅读材料
Suggested Readings10分钟
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完成时间为 1 小时

The Nature of War

War is a product of both “natural” instincts and a social creation involving the imposition of organization and authority structures....
Reading
5 个视频(共 44 分钟)
Video5 个视频
Introduction18分钟
The Nature of War5分钟
Why Do We Study War?3分钟
The Uses of War/The Western Way of War 6分钟
Nature of Aggression/Criteria of War/Defining the WWW9分钟
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3
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完成时间为 1 小时

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....
Reading
5 个视频(共 40 分钟)
Video5 个视频
Is War Unique to Humans?/Is War Natural?7分钟
War and Gender 7分钟
Humanity of War/Perspectives on War10分钟
Perspectives on War, cont./A Future Perspective 6分钟
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4
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完成时间为 1 小时

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....
Reading
7 个视频(共 52 分钟)
Video7 个视频
The Soldier's Inner Landscape 4分钟
Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat4分钟
Fear10分钟
Endurance 6分钟
Atrocities 2分钟
Office Hours I19分钟

讲师

Miguel A. Centeno

Musgrave Professor of Sociology and Professor of Sociology and International Affairs
Sociology

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