How We Get Into Wars

Seminar, University of Virginia School of Law, Fall 1999

Professor Setear

 

 

Required Materials

Akira Iriye, The Globalizing of America, 1913-1945 (1995 paperback ed.), vol. III in The Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations [hereinafter Iriye].

David Rieff, Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West (1996 paperback ed.) [hereinafter Rieff].

Clockwork Software, Centennia Historical Atlas [hereinafter Centennia].

All of these materials should be available in the Courts and Commerce bookstore.

There will also be a packet of photocopied materials available from the Copy Center. To ease the start-of-semester burden on the Copy Center, I will try to distribute the materials for the September 2nd class electronically. The first hard-copy packet should be available by September 3rd and should include the assignments through the October 28th class.

 

Assignments

All page numbers given below are as in the original. For all works involving assignments split between mandatory and optional assignments, the page numbers in your packet will exactly match those given below. In some other instances, your materials may have different paginations compared to the original work.

Assignments in electronic media are underlined.

 

Reaching Me

My office room number is WB 381. My office hours are Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. I am also typically available immediately after class. If those are not convenient times for you, just e-mail me at jsetear@law.virginia.edu, and we can set up a mutually convenient time. I also find that I can resolve many inquiries via e-mail; I almost always answer e-mails within 24 hours.

August 26th ­ Introduction and the Wars of Middle Europe, 1870-1999

"World War I, 1914-1918," Concise Columbia Encyclopedia (1989), p. 907.

"World War II, 1939-1945," Concise Columbia Encyclopedia (1989), p. 907.

 

September 2nd ­ The Beginning of World War I in Europe

James Joll, The Origins of the First World War (2d ed. 1992), ch. 3, "The Alliance System and the Old Diplomacy," pp. 42-68.

Some Treaties of Alliance in Force as of 1914.

Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns of August (1962), chs. 6-9 ("Outbreak"). Centennia, 1870-1914.

 

September 9th ­ The US and World War I

Optional: Edward M. Coffman, "World War I," from 1999 World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition CD-ROM.

Optional: Centennia, 1914-1918.

Iriye, pp. 1-38, especially pp. 19-30.

Michael G. Fraunces, The Internatonal Law of Blockade: New Guiding Principles in Contemporary State Practice, 101 Yale Law Journal 893 (1992). Required: pp. 893-908. Highly optional: pp. 908-18.

Ross Gregory, The Origins of American Intervention in the First World War (1971), pp. 46-129.

 

Sept. 16th ­ No Class

 

Sept. 23rd ­ The League of Nations and the US

Iriye, pp. 39-72, especially pp. 58-72.

Covenant of the League of Nations (Versailles Treaty arts. 1-26).

Robert W. Ferrell, Woodrow Wilson and World War I: 1917-1921 (1985), ch. 10.

 

Sept. 30th ­ The Versailles Treaty

Woodrow Wilson, Fourteen Points Speech.

Robert W. Ferrell, Woodrow Wilson and World War I: 1917-1921 (1985), ch. 9.

James L. Stokesbury, A Short History of World War I (1981), ch. 23, "Peacemaking," pp. 308-17 and ch. 24, "Epilogue," pp. 318-23.

Selected Articles, Treaty of Versailles.

 

Oct. 7th ­ German Expansionism, 1933-1939

Centennia, 1918-1939.

James F. Dunnigan (?), "Origins of World War II," Pamphlet accompanying Origins of World War II by The Avalon Hill Game Company (1971).

James L. Stokesbury, A Short History of World War II (1980). Optional: pp. 1-53. Required: pp. 54-66.

R.J. Overy, The Origins of the Second World War (2d ed. 1998), pp. 1-30.

 

Oct. 14th ­ Navies in the World Wars

Edward E. McCullough, How the First World War Began: The Triple Entente and the Coming of the Great War of 1914-1918 (1999), ch. 7, "The Anglo-German Naval Race," pp. 103-25.

Samuel Eliot Morison, The Battle of the Atlantic, September 1939-May 1943 (with an introduction on The United States Navy Between World Wars, by Commodore Dudley Wright Knox USN) (1950), Introduction, "The United States Navy Between World Wars," pp. xxxv-lxiv.

Ronald H. Spector, Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan (1985), pp. 9-53.

 

Oct. 21st ­ US Foreign Policy from Harding to FDR

Iriye. Optional: pp. 73-115. Required: pp. 116-90.

 

Oct. 28th ­ US Neutrality in World War II

Re-read Iriye, pp. 174-82.

David M. Kennedy, Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (1999), chs. 13, 14, and 15, "The Gathering Storm," "The Agony of Neutrality," and "To the Brink," respectively, pp. 381-515.

Web Site: Peter Sharp, UVA Law 99, The Departure from Isolationism: A Legal Analysis of FDR's Role in Coaxing the U.S. Into World War II.

Optional: Samuel Eliot Morison, The Battle of the Atlantic, September 1939-May 1943 (with an introduction on The United States Navy Between World Wars, by Commodore Dudley Wright Knox USN) (1950). Highly optional: pp. 1-33. Optional: pp. 33-113.

 

November 4th ­ The History of Yugoslavia

Optional: James L. Stokesbury, "World War II," from 1999 World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition CD-ROM.

Centennia, 1910-1999 {zoom in on the Balkans}.

Richard Rustin, "Tito and His Partisan Army: Yugoslavia, 1941-1945," Strategy & Tactics no. 81 (1980).

Rieff, excerpts (to be determined later) from pp. 1-116.

 

November 11th ­ Bosnia and the UN

Re-view Centennia, 1990-1999 {zoom in on the Balkans}.

Charter of the United Nations, chs. I, VI, and VII.

Rieff, excerpts (to be determined later) from pp. 117-262.

 

November 18th ­ Kosovo and NATO

No readings.

Tuesday, November 23rd ­­ PAPERS ARE DUE AT 5 P.M.

 

December 2nd ­ War Crimes

Charter of the International Military Tribunal for Germany [for Germany] (6 October 1945).

Web Site: Jeffrey Fox, UVA Law '00, Japanese War Crimes and the Attack on Pearl Harbor.

United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 827 (25 May 1993) and Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (as amended 13 May 1998).


 

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