HIST 635: Problems in European History

HIST 635-002: The Peloponnesian War
(Fall 2019)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W

Mason Global Center (formerly Mason Inn Hotel) 1306B

Section Information for Fall 2019

Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War documents a 27-year-long conflict (431-404 BCE) between Athens and Sparta for control over the Greek world. In this course, we will study both the events Thucydides describes and the way in which he describes them with an eye to five complementary goals: to understand both the Peloponnesian War itself and its impact on the broader course of Mediterranean history; to understand Thucydides as a historian, with particular attention to the questions of why he wrote, how he wrote, and how our answers to these questions affect how we interpret his writing; to understand Thucydides as a political scientist and international relations theorist, with particular attention to his views on democracy, the causes of war, and the relationship between morality and power; to familiarize ourselves with other sources for fifth-century Greek history, emphasizing the methodological issues involved in interpreting them; and to understand the extraordinary impact that Thucydides has had—and, moreover, continues to have—on the development of historical, military, and political thought.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Investigates selected problems. Readings, discussions, development of bibliographies. Primary sources used where possible. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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