This course will examine the role of warfare as a transformational force in world history. The causes of conflict range from the personal, to the ideological, to the political, to the economic, and reflect on the very nature of power in all its forms. Further, warfare often serves as a catalyst for significant technological, social and political transformation. The course will seek to understand conflict at various points in world history and in various areas of the globe. The study of conflict is therefore the study of each culture’s approach to understanding itself and its place in the global community. Finally, we will be meeting the Content Standards for World Studies as developed at IMSA.