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Readings in European History: 
Peace Movements and Nonviolent Struggle
EUH 5905, Spring 2013

Prof. McGetchin  CRN: 24652
Wednesdays 4 – 6:50 pmArts and Humanities Building (AH) 105 
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The emphasis of this graduate course is the historical growth of peace movements and tactics of nonviolent struggle in efforts not only to prevent wars but to create positive peace.  Wars and massacres gain much greater attention in history and the press (“If it bleeds, it leads”) and from scholars, as Mohandas Gandhi pointed out over century ago:  History, as we know it, is a record of the wars of the world….How kings… murdered one another…if this were all that had happened in the world, it would have ended long ago….The fact that there are so many men still alive in the world shows that it is based not on the force of arms but on the force of truth or love….Hundreds of nations live in peace. History does not…take notice of this fact.  History is really a record of every interruption of the even working of the force of love or of the soul….Soul-force, being natural, is not noted in history. (Hind Swaraj [Indian Self-Rule] (1910), chapter XVII)

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Introduction to Peace Studies
PAX 3001 Spring 2013

Prof. McGetchin  CRN: 24801
Mondays 4 – 6:50 PM,  MacArthur Administration  Building ( AD) 103,  FAU Jupiter
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Topics include:
Myths about Peace: Not just for Dreamers
Sex strike in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata
Homer, Confucius, and Jesus
Medieval Peace and Truce of God
Humanism of Erasmus and Shakespeare
Kant’s Perpetual Peace
19th-century Peace Movements
Alfred Nobel and Bertha von Suttner
Hague and Geneva Conventions
Pacifism during Eras of World Wars
International Organizations for Peace
League of Nations and United Nations
Anti-Nuclear Movement
Mass Antiwar Movements
Towards creating Positive Peace

 

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