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Course Date: 08 September 2014 to 20 October 2014 (6 weeks)
An introduction into the historical, psychological, and sociological analysis of organized conflict.
Professor Centeno is the
Musgrave Professor of Sociology and Professor of Sociology and International
Affairs in the WWS. He was the founding Director of the Princeton Institute for
International and Regional Studies (2003-2007) and Master of Wilson College
(1997-2004). In 2000, he founded the Princeton University Preparatory Program.
He is interested in political sociology and social change. He is the
author of Democracy within Reason: Technocratic Revolution in Mexico, Blood
and Debt: War and the Nation State in Latin America, and Global
Capitalism among other works. He is also the editor of Discrimination in
an Unequal World, Towards a New Cuba and The Politics of
Expertise in Latin America, The Other Mirror: Comparative Theory
Through A Latin American Lens (ed. with F. Lopez-Alves); and Mapping the
Global Web (ed. with E. Hargittai). Forthcoming books include War
and Society, 2014 and Building States in the Developing World (w. A. Kohli
and D. Yashar). New projects include an analysis of “emergent risk” in global
flows and a history of the concept of discipline
2013 - Republics of the Possible:
Liberalism and the Nation State in Iberoamerica (with Agustin Ferraro),
Cambridge University Press.
2013 - “Latin America”, Concise Encyclopedia of
Comparative Sociology, Jack Goldstone, ed. Brill Publishers
2013 - “A
Holistic Approach to Language, Religion, and Ethnicity” (with Maria Abascal), Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SENA),
2013 - “Neoliberalism”
(with Joseph Cohen) Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral
2012 - “Unpacking
State Capacity” (with Elaine Enriquez) RIMCIS, November
2012 - “War” and
“Military”, Encyclopedia of Global Studies, ed. Helmut Anheier, Sage
2012 - “Internal Wars and Latin
American Nationalism” in Hall and Malesevic, eds, War and Nationalism, CUP.
2012 - “The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism”, for Annual Review of Sociology,
Vol. 37 (with Joseph Cohen)
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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No certificates, statements of accomplishment, or other credentials will be awarded in connection with this course.
The Warrior's War
Is War Natural?
Warriors in Battle
Why Not Run Away?
What Do Soldiers Believe In?
From Wars of Armies to Wars of Societies
Wars of Armies
Progress of Battle
Industrialization of War
War and Society
Social Aspects of War
Soldiers and Citizens
War and Equality
Conquest. Genocide, and Armageddon
The Future of War
The Rise of the Rest
Conclusions: Empire and the Western Way of War
This course will consist of lecture videos, activities and various reading assignments. Students will also be encouraged to participate in the discussion forums.
The Peloponnesian War, Book 1, 2.1, 2.2-6, 2.7-24, 2.34-46, 2.47-54, 2.59-65, 2.71-78, 3.20-24, 3.35-50, 3.52-68, 3.81-84, 4.3-4.41, 4.46-484, 4.90-101, 4.117-11, 5.6-11, 5.14-24, 5.25-26, 5.42-48, 5.76-83, 5.85-116, Books 6 and 7
Homer, Iliad, Books 1,3, 7, 9, 24
Virgil Aeneid, Books 2, 4
Thomas E. Ricks, Making the Corps
E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed, Chaps 1-4, 10-15.