Writing The Consequences of Conflict in the Modern Period

History 101.017

Spring 2015
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A
“After every war,” Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska reminds us, “someone has to clean up. Things won't straighten themselves up, after all.”  This writing seminar will investigate the consequences of conflict in transnational perspective during the 19th and 20th centuries and explores how conflict altered international law, political belonging and the everyday experiences of people living in war's wake. Writers focusing on European stories will be especially welcome, but those investigating colonial, Asian, African, Middle Eastern or American stories are encouraged to register as well.  Topics can range from the diplomatic to the social and the cultural.  Specifically, writers in this seminar could focus on: postwar “peace” conference, the psychological trauma unleashed by war, shifts in cultural practices that accompany wartime experiences, social revolutions, displaced persons, the memory of war or postwar moments preserved in film, poetry, literature or other personal vantage points.  Participants will be expected to use primary source to answer a compelling historical question in a thirty to fifty page thesis.  Upon registration, please contact the instructor at sarahacramsey@berkeley.edu to schedule an appointment to discuss topics and sources before winter recess.