Political Science | Civil Wars & State Building
Y396 | 3432 | Thompson


	States are important political organizations that were neither
inevitable nor are they necessarily going to be around forever.  They also
come in quite a few varieties.  This seminar will focus on the origins of
states, their evolutionary development, and in particular, the role of
internal wars in shaping them.  Hence, we will look at the history of
state-making but also spend some time with the contemporary problem of weak
states racked by civil warfare. Consequently, no specific part of the world
will be privileged.  The entire planet is fair game. Given the 396
parameters, students will be expected to write 4 papers, three of which will
be relatively short while the fourth constitutes a more typical seminar
paper.