Course Credits: 3
Asian Studies Major/Minor Course
Asian Studies Graduate Certificate
- Summer 2018
- Spring 2018
This course explores key changes in the nature of warfare over the past century. Even though terrorist attacks may be thought of as very recent phenomena, their evolution can be traced back to the shifting nature of warfare. Specifically, ideological (e.g. liberalism, fascism, communism, religion-based worldviews) and identity (i.e. ethnicity, culture, religion) differences have come to the forefront of political conflicts involving the use of force. Moreover, the doctrine of warfare has experienced a shift as well, in that civilians have developed the intertwined roles as the forces that fight wars, targets of war, and as war juries. We systematically explore these changes, starting with the identification of the nature of “traditional” warfare. We then explore the shift toward conflicts with ideological and identity overtones and then move to the topics of guerilla warfare and terrorism. As warfare evolves, we track potential changes in the means of and reasons for fighting, roles of civilians and media, and rules of war.
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