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Political Science
Lilach Gilady

9/17/2012 11:16:00 AM The Battle of Antietam  one of the deadliest wars in North America  happened within a country rather than between nations  the battle ended up equal, no real winner  a couple of days after came the emancipation proclamation by Lincoln to end slavery  one of the first cases in which there were photographers who were able to photograph what the war looked at Need for analytical tools: Sylvie and Bruno  “we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.”  Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno, 1889 In Search of an Analytical Knife  Every model by definition omits certain dimensions of reality  Every model therefore includes implicit fundamental assumptions on what matters most  There is always more than one way to cut the “cake”  there will never be only one argument that explains I.R, there are always different ways to study The answers we get and what we understand also depends upon the questions that we ask Theory  Description  Explanation  Prediction (??)-very difficult to obtain  falsification What kind of Theories?  International Relations studies the relations between nations The Thirty years War 1618-1648  The two political powers at this time were the Pope (leader of religion, spiritual authority) the Holy Roman Empire is officially the representative of the Pope. We have a lot of other political regions, small kingdoms and principalities that reside in Europe, but are all under the power of the Holy Roman Empire. Who has the authority over the lands? The local king, prie
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