The Role of the Past in Politics

Summary 

In this first class, Prof. Nir Eisikovits and Beyond Conflict’s Tim Phillips and Lee-Or Ankori-Karlinsky, provided a framework for the course (and thinking about the past more broadly) and presented common challenges for participants to keep in mind as they listen and learn about the variety of themes and case studies. Below is a short summary of the key points.

A Framework for the Course 

Readings 

Ernest Renan, “What is a Nation”

Tony Judt, Introduction & Epilogue from Postwar

World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior, “Part 1: An Expanded Understanding of Human Behavior.

Tim Phillips “The Neuroscience of Conflict,” TEDx Boston.