POLS 13181 - Ten Images of Hell in the Twentieth Century, Spring 2012
Professor A. James McAdams, Ph.D.
Course Structure: Hour long classes - four times a week
The Twentieth Century was a century of pure Hell — two world wars; civil wars; fascist and communist dictatorships; genocide; racist xenophobia; populist hysteria; assassinations; class violence; entrenched poverty; and terrorism. We will explore this troubled century of Hell by focusing on four themes, drawing upon ten widely recognized images of Hell: World War I; the Holocaust; existentialism; tyranny and madness; totalitarianism; technological imperialism; moral confusion; nihilism; poverty; and terrorism.