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Ideology and Disaster: How They Mold Each Other (Wednesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm)   NEW!

The course surveys various examples of disaster across history, beginning with the Fall of Rome (476 A.D) and proceeding through the Middle Ages to contemporary times. The course examines the causes and effects of ideology and disasters and how they mold and affect each other; how they transfer influences; and how each one shapes or induces the other. The course considers whether this process, between ideology and disaster, transforms human thoughts from the realm of idealism or isolated thinking to the realm of factual reality and, perhaps, to progress. The ultimate question is, Do we learn from our disasters?

Suggested Reading: Lewis, David Levering. God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008. Cole, Joshua, et al. Western Civilizations. 3d. New York: W.W. Norton, 2012. Optional Textbook (Not required): Holmes, George, ed. The Oxford History of Medieval Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Maximum Class Size: 30.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
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Tallahassee, FL 32306
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