Portfolio Category: Resistance

History of the Earliest States

History of the Earliest States

A foundational question underlying state formation is how we (Homo sapiens sapiens) came to live amid the unprecedented concentrations of domesticated plants, animals, and people that characterize states. From this ...
Domination and the Arts of Resistance

Domination and the Arts of Resistance

Confrontations between the powerless and the powerful are laden with deception – the powerless feign deference and the powerful subtly assert their mastery. Peasants, serfs, untouchables, slaves, laborers, prisoners, and ...
The Art Of Not Being Governed

The Art Of Not Being Governed

This class challenges students with a radically different approach to political history that presents events from the perspective of stateless peoples and explores the idea of state-making as a form ...
Chronicles of the Barbarians

Chronicles of the Barbarians

This class will explore a compilation of primary sources that presents dozens of striking accounts of the exotic customs and fierce deeds of those considered barbarians by eyewitness writers from ...