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POLS 023: Slavery and its Legacy for US Politics (SC)

Political Science 23: Slavery and its Legacy for US Politics - Schwartz (Spring 2024)

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Bagby, Laurie M. Johnson. “The Use and Abuse of Thucydides in International Relations.” International organization 48, no. 1 (1994): 131–153.

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Khong, Yuen Foong. Analogies at War : Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu, and the Vietnam Decisions of 1965. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1992.

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Mahoney-Norris, Kathleen A., and Derek S. Reveron, 'Climate Change and Environmental Security', in Derek S. Reveron, Nikolas K. Gvosdev, and John A. Cloud (eds), The Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security. 2017.

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      • E841 .F86 1997
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