Anthropology of War and Peace

Iraqi soldiers board a Black Hawk helicopter.

Iraqi troops and soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division board a Black Hawk helicopter for a mission near Tikrit. (Image courtesy of Spc. Teddy Wade and taken from the U.S. Army Web site:


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Fall 2004



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This class has been reorganized to focus primarily on the War in Iraq. As in previous years, the class still examines war in cross-cultural perspective, asking whether war is intrinsic to human nature, what causes war, how particular cultural experiences of war differ, and how war has affected American culture.

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Hugh Gusterson. 21A.217 Anthropology of War and Peace. Fall 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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