Why We Go to War (Topics)
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For each class session, there is a listing of archetype, individual, and topic.  Although listed third, the topic is the most important column, as it will be the focus of the class discussion for that session.  The archetype, and a specific example thereof, are mentioned to give us some concrete examples of individuals and stereotypes.  The archetype is, in this context, like a stock character in the foreign-relations play.  The individual is a particular example of the archetype but who, like any actual individual in the real world, differs in some important ways from the caricature of personality represented by the archetype.  I include the archetypes and individuals along with the topics because the topics are so broad that it is wise in examining them to think also about the roles of individuals.

Date Archetype Individual(s) Topic
August 26th The Prussian General(s) The von Moltkes The Wars of Middle Europe, 1870-1999
September 2nd The Imperial Cousins Kaiser Wilhelm and Tsar Nicholas The Beginning of World War I in Europe
September 9th The Minister's Son Woodrow Wilson The US and World War I
September 16th The Emperor Haile Selassie The League of Nations
September 23rd The Tiger Georges Clemenceau The Versailles Treaty
September 30th The Devil Adolf Hitler German Expansionism, 1933-1939
October 7th NO CLASS
October 14th The Admiral Jacky Fisher Navies in the World Wars
October 21st The Patrician Franklin Delano Roosevelt US Foreign Policy from Harding to FDR
October 28th The Bulldog Winston Churchill US Neutrality in World War II
November 4th The Partisan Josep Tito The History of Yugoslavia
November 11th The Wall Street Lawyer Cyrus Vance Bosnia
November 18th Politicians with Law Degrees Bill Clinton and Slobdan Milosevic Kosovo
December 2nd The Judges? Robert Jackson and Gabrielle McDonald War Crimes