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HISTORY 308: Biography and History (HISTORY 207, JEWISHST 207)

Biography remains among the most popular historical and literary genres, if also perhaps the most vigorously contested. It continues to attract extraordinary talent - some of which will be showcased in this class. Yet, it remains singularly vulnerable because of its focus on individual achievement, its tendency to sideline people of color, and its highlighting of genius. Some of its finest practitioners are among its fiercest critics. Few wrote biography as well as Virginia Woolf, and few loathed the genre quite as lavishly. nIn this course, we'll read biographical literature and criticism of it, we'll discuss the genre with working biographers on the Stanford faculty and elsewhere.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4-5

HISTORY 308D: Pre-Modern Warfare (HISTORY 208D)

This course examines the evolving nature of warfare and its impact on society across the Eurasian continent up to the Gunpowder Revolution and rise of the nation-state. Beginning with an attempt to define war, it will trace the evolution of military technology from the Stone Age through the rise of the chariot, the sword, and the mounted rider, and examine how changing methods of conducting warfare were inextricably linked to changes in the social order and political structures.
Last offered: Winter 2020
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