Lecture 8 Notes: Post-Colonial War, Cold War and After
n.b.) Since 1945 120 wars in which 25 million killed & 75 million injured
not much less than WWII
Contra John Lewis Gaddis, who sees cold war as long peace
This is Eqbal Ahmeds critique of Gaddis
Lecture 2 Notes: Is War Natural?
n.b.) Various theories assume it is natural & not all in readings for this session:
(1) Sociobiology will do that next session
(2) Realism in International Relations theory (Machiavelli, Hobbes,
Lecture 5 Notes: The Evolution of War
Some, like Fore, didnt traditionally fight wars
Most did, but in local, uncoordinated way
They lack social organization to mobilize for extended warfare
Need to collect food, so cant fight a lot wh
Lecture 7 Notes: Postmodern War
Term means different things to different people, but these seems to
be important qualities:
Lack of distinction between military and civilians
Importance of information as sinew of war
Media saturation war as spectacle
Lecture 4 Notes: Primitive Warfare
Some things we can say about "primitive warfare" (dubious term):
1) Not about territory.
Seizing women (Yanomamo) & pigs is closest it gets to being
2) Feud = important
"These people's wars and raids yield n
Lecture 6 Notes: War in Yugoslavia
1) People trying to theorize new security landscape after end of
a) Bipolarity v Multipolarity
John Lewis Gaddis argued bipolarity disciplined local conflicts
Superpowers kept client states in check in case loc
Lecture 10 Notes: Vietnam
1) Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia had been French colonies since late 19th century.
2) Anti-colonial resistance increased by WWII.
Leader of resistance was Ho Chi Minh communist & nationalist.
Debate about how communist he was
Lecture 11 Notes: Iraq
1) Originally part of Ottoman Empire crumbling by
2) WWI and Mid East:
Germany, GB, and France looking to acquire
Rise of Arab nationalism manipulated by T.E.
Lawrence v Turks (allied to Germans)
Lecture 9 Notes: Reconciliation Commission
1) The Nature of Apartheid
Originated 1948 when Afrikaaners took control of S. Africa
from British S. Africans whod practiced more genteel
3 racial classifications:
Lecture 1 Notes: Introduction to the Course
We will be asking:
1) Are Humans intrinsically warlike?
Some say war is hard-wired into human nature (Chagnon)
Others (Mead) say its a cultural institution, not a biological instinct
There are societies that hav