DA4770 Ethnic Conflict

The Ethnic Conflict course poses a series of questions, such as ‘what is a state?', ‘what is a nation?' in order to better understand when and why ethnic conflict erupts and persists. Often cited as the most prevalent form of warfare today, ‘ethnic conflict' as a term may conceal more that its reveals. For instance, strife in Northern Ireland and in Israel is often explained away as ethnonationalist and ethnoreligious in nature. On the face of it, both cases would seem to have much in common. However, once local histories and regional politics are considered, the two represent radically different models of (and for) ethnic conflict. This course will examine a series of such examples in order to better understand the origins, trajectory, and virulence of ethnic conflict. Prerequisites: None.

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