The final assignment for History 308 – Human Rights in History will be an interdisciplinary investigation of the Bosnian wars of the 1990s and their implications for human rights. Each student will choose a work of literature, journalism, legal sources, or history. Students will examine that work in the light of our reading and discussions of human rights this semester.
Read the assigned portion of Samantha Power’s book, A Problem from Hell, which is pp. 247-328. The book is written primarily as a commentary on the U.S.’s indecision regarding whether the conflict rose to the level of genocide and whether to intervene to stop the abuse of civilians. It does however, introduce you to the outline of the conflict and how it arose, and will provide important context for your own work on the subject. Attached is some possible sources to help you with the work: