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Dialogues on the Experience of War

UWF was recently awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund several sections of a new, interdisciplinary, discussion-based humanities course for military veterans – War: Ancient and Modern (POS 2990).  This is a one credit hour course being offered fall semester 2018.


Writings about war have been around for as long as we have had written histories. War is one of the most universal of human experiences, and reflecting on the written records of that experience is one of the most effective ways we possess of encountering our shared human condition. . “War, Ancient and Modern” will consist of six two-hour sessions over the course of the semester. Each week you are to read one or more texts and come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Some of the readings to be explored during this course are:

  • The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy by Winston Churchill
  • The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  • Summa Theologiae by Aquinas
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Laches by Plato
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Complete Schedule and Syllabus