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SEMINAR IN ETHICAL VALUES (LAW ***) (Seminar), Mr. Setear, Credits: 1

This seminar will examine the large-scale war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Nazi Germany during World War II, and by various parties in the former Yugoslavia in 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?

We will read {with links to the books as carried at Amazon.com (Amazon) and Barnes and Nobel On-Line (Barnes)}:
Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial, by Joseph E. Persico (Amazon or Barnes); and
Legalism: Law, Morals, and Political Trials, by Judith N. Shklar (out of print); and
a variety of articles that summarize and analyze Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen (Amazon or Barnes) -- but we won't read the book itself (it's 634 pages long); and
either Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo by Roger Cohen, (Amazon or Barnes) or Blood and Vengeance: One Family's Story of the War in Bosnia, by Chuck Sudetic (Amazon or Barnes); and
Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West, by David Rieff (Amazon or Barnes).