The Great Game|
The "Great Game" originally referred to the power struggle for "mastery" of Asia during the 19th century, mainly between the British and Russian Empires. Nowhere were the effects of this rivalry more pronounced than in Pakistan and Afghanistan. More recently the term has been applied to grand strategy, global geopolitics, and espionage, more broadly, in scenarios as wide-ranging as Cold War "containment," the global "War on Terror," the current U.S. "pivot" to Asia, and China's "One Belt One Road" policy. This seminar will examine the history of the Great Game and its wider geopolitical reverberations. We will also examine an array of Great-Game manifestations in popular culture. Readings will combine historical narrative and analysis with film, literature, art, and (yes) gaming.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Rudyard Kipling, KIM; William Dalrymple, THE RETURN OF A KING: THE BATTLE FOR AFGHANISTAN, 1839-1842; Elliot Ackerman, GREEN ON BLUE; and a selection of scholarly articles and book chapters available on Moodle.
|Examination and Assignments: |
5 short response papers (2-3 pages); final research paper 10 pages. Penalty for late submission of work: 1 letter grade per day. Work is considered at least one day late if it is not submitted by the deadline.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and reading of all assigned materials. Active participation in class discussions.
|Instructor(s): Pinch,William R. Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: PAC422; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 3||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: 0|