Memoirs of War

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Memoirs of War (MWAR) was part of the original group of courses for the inaugural year of the CTY Princeton program. It had students read primary sources of the ones who were in or experienced historical conflicts. The course became defunct after the summer of 2007.

Course Description

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.

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