01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR
Section Information for Spring 2012This course examines how democratic governments deal with the often intractable problem of ethnic conflict and how such conflicts challenge a representative state. It takes as a case study British attempts to settle, or at least to contain, the conflict between Irish nationalists and unionists during the 20th century. As well as giving students a better understanding of this particular conflict, it will scrutinize how democratic governments deal with the claims of competing national or ethnic groups, the dilemma of “zero-sum politics”, the interaction between political and physical-force movements, the development of modern, urban guerrilla warfare and paramilitary organizations such as the Irish Republican Army, partition and, finally, how negotiations make the resolution of such conflicts possible. Separately, this course will probe ways in which these conflicts have a deep and lasting impact on democratic politics and on the careers of such diverse figures as Winston Churchill, Michael Collins, Margaret Thatcher, Gerry Adams, and Tony Blair.
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