With a special emphasis on World War I, we will study popular attitudes toward war, including militarism, imperialism, and pacifism. Consideration is given to Woodrow Wilson’s peace plan and subsequent efforts to end states’ reliance on armed conflict to settle international political disputes. The course also considers the effect of technological change on war, efforts to promote democracy as an antidote to war, humanitarian intervention, and Islam’s tradition of pacifism as a response to jihadism.
Professors Lou Lombardi (Philosophy) and Jim Marquardt (Politics) will teach MLS 530 War and Peace: Conflict and Human Nature this spring. This course examines how issues of war and peace frame international relations in the modern era.