IR 34. Society, Technology and War since the Renaissance

This course explores the links between war and society in both directions: the impact of social, economic, and technological change on how wars are fought and the purposes for which they can be fought; as well as the impact of war mobilization needs and of war itself on how societies develop, including the rise of capitalism, democratization, economic planning and other modern institutions, and emancipation of disadvantaged groups in society, such as blacks and women in the United States. The American and French revolutions; the Civil War; World Wars I and II; Vietnam; Afghanistan and Iraq; the law of war; war propaganda; atrocities; the nuclear and information revolutions; the ongoing "revolution in military affairs;" and current trends in the status of military institutions in advanced societies. Kaufmann. (SS)