HIST 136 PZ -A History of the Police State
Description: There are many ways to explore the history of the police state, and this course offers only one of them. Beginning with Michel Foucault, we explore the conceptual foundations of the police state, concentrating especially on its development during the 18th century. From there we move successively eastward in space and forward through time, exploring the subject through histories, novels, diaries, and autobiographical accounts. We are all comfortable with the idea that certain repressive, despotic regimes were (and are) police states. The more uncomfortable question is what the United States shares with places like Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia. It is a complicated question, one with many possible answers; its solution lies in the past.
Prerequisite(s): Please check course schedule for requirements.
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