HIST 1600

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Through discussion of a variety of high-profile and lesser-known trials throughout history, this course will examine a range of issues in the history of law and criminality. We will study the changing conceptions of justice and punishment, trials as a form of social marginalization, and the relationship between ideology—imperialism, liberalism, communism, fascism—and law. Cases to be covered include: Socrates, Jesus Christ, Gilles de Rais, the French Revolutionary Terror, the Russian revolutionary terrorists, the Dreyfus Affair, the Stalinist show trials, the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, Adolf Eichmann, Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, the Hague Tribunal, and Saddam Hussein.  ​​

When Offered Spring.

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt