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Course Description

The History of Genocide (3 cr)
Mark Roseman
HIST-W 335 (32067)
TR 11:15-12:30 (Swain East 140)
CASE S&H, CASE GCC

Genocide is the extermination by the powerful of the powerless. What have been the causes, character and consequences of genocide from ancient times to the present? What has driven leaders, states and groups to pursue such horrific policies? Is there something in the nature of the modern world that makes genocide particularly thinkable, even attractive? What is it like to be the victim/survivor?  Until recently, scholarship on genocide was the preserve of political scientists and sociologists. It is only recently that historians have begun to devote attention to it. Historians seek to identify the complexity of particular epochs and places, and explore whether and how genocides can be linked together.

Weekly reading will involve a blend of primary sources, and secondary sources. They will be drawn from two course books and additional articles and primary sources. The course is assessed by 4 short papers, an 8-page research paper, a final exam, and quizzes.