Life Chances of Polities

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Life Chances of Polities

Fall 2020

Taught By: Quentin Bruneau

Section: A

CRN: 9118

Credits: 3

In his writings, Max Weber was interested in the determinants of individuals’ "life chances” in different societies. This course examines the determinants of polities’ life chances within international society, covering the period from the Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century. To do this, it engages with scholarship in historical sociology, international relations, international law, and international history. The course first deals with the early modern period as it constitutes the basis for so much theorizing in the social sciences, and is generally taken to be the axiomatic example of a world in which military force reigned supreme. The second part of the course looks at the timeframe from the French revolution to the late twentieth century, and puts specific emphasis on the underpinnings of the extinction of non-European states. Readings will include work by Charles Alexandrowicz, Anthony Anghie, Lauren Benton, Tanisha Fazal, Mamadou Hébié, Edward Keene, Martti Koskenniemi, Jason Sharman and Charles Tilly.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:55pm 7/2/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 9/3/2020 - 12/17/2020