HIST 307 Nature and War

Spring, Fall

Major Requirement: Global/Comparative History
This course investigates how wars have shaped the natural environment and how nature has shaped war in the modern era. More than simply a look at the ravages of war on nature, this course considers the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. The various topics we will consider include chemical and biological warfare, repairing embattled landscapes, the growing military-industrial complex, disposing of nuclear waste, and the increasing number of conflicts over natural resources. Students will learn how to critically assess the ecological impact of war, as well as its societal and political repercussions. (Course offered in alternate years.)

Prerequisite: Sophomore Status