Seminar. Course content varies. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.
Sawyer Seminar on Empires and Ethnic Conflict. This seminar will explore how religious and ethnic diversity fit the organization of several modern empires and why this diversity fared so badly in the course of the dissolution of these political entities.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The class will be conducted as a seminar. In-class discussions of readings will be combined with presentations by a series of visitors. These lectures will be funded by the Mellon Foundation.
Some background in modern European and world history and advanced courses in social sciences are recommended.
Class assignments and grading
Each student will write a paper on an ethnic conflict that is related to the dissolution of a modern empire.
Grades will be based on papers and participation in lectures and class discussions.