Memoirs of War
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From the CTY Course Catalog (2006):
From aerial bombing, torture, and mass detentions, to genocide and famine, war and its aftermath expose society to violence and trauma. Focusing on recent conflicts in countries such as Rwanda and Iraq, memoirs of war recount the personal, and sometimes collective, experience of conflict from the point of view of doctors, soldiers, diplomats, and families entangled in the events. Through rigorous discussion and critical essays, students consider the intent and truthfulness of these accounts; debate the impact of the political, environmental, religious, racial, and historical factors leading to war; and examine how one's role in war—combatant or commander, nurse or refugee—affects one's perception of the complex interplay of identity, power, and guilt.