Scotland and the United Kingdom seemed bound for a breakup Sept. 18, but by a 55-45 percent vote, the Scots rejected independence. Prof. Brian Gaines has taught British politics and supervised a program that sent undergraduates to intern in the British Parliament. Gaines discussed the independence vote with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.
Sept. 1 marks 75 years since Germany invaded Poland, beginning WW II, and historians still debate what caused the German people to follow the Nazis into conquest and the Holocaust. Prof. Peter Fritzsche, a historian of modern Germany, has written several books based in part on the letters and diaries of average Germans, from before and through Nazi rule and the war. He spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.
Anthropology Prof. Ellen Moodie spent much of the 1990s and early 2000s collecting stories of violence and crime in El Salvador’s capital city following the country’s civil war. She has continued to follow the conditions there, as well as in neighboring Guatemala and Honduras, the other primary sources of these immigrants. Moodie spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.
This summer marks 100 years since the start of World War I, sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (above). Prof. John Vasquez, an expert on war and peace and crisis diplomacy, spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain about "The Great War."
Prof. Ashwini Chhatre discusses the results of the elections in India, which declared Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi the next Prime Minister in May.