Course Description
A page on the Nuremberg Trials, and on World War II and war-crimes trials generally
A recent article about a Nuremberg court reporter

This seminar will examine the large-scale war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Nazi Germany during World War II,  as well as arguably similar occurrences in the former Yugoslavia and in Africa during the 1990s."  We will focus on three questions of history, law, and ethics.

  1. Who committed these crimes?
  2. Why didn't anyone stop them?
  3. Is it useful (or morally necessary) to hold war-crimes trials afterwards?
Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial, by Joseph E. Persico (Amazon or Barnes); and
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen (Amazon or Barnes); and
Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West, by David Rieff (Amazon or Barnes); and
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, by Mark Bowden (Amazonor Barnes); and
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, by Philip Gourevitch (Amazon or Barnes).

 



 
 

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This page was last updated on 6/27/2000.