DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government
Government And Legal Studies
Hubbard Hall - 201
An examination of the forces and processes by which governments and societies approach and wage or avoid wars. The theories and practices of warfare of various political systems are analyzed and particular attention is paid to the interface where politics, society, and the military come together under governmental auspices in various comparative contexts. Specific examples from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America are examined.
An upper-level interdisciplinary seminar on the nature of both international and national conflict. A variety of contexts and influence vectors are examined and students are encouraged to look at the ways conflicts can be solved short of actual warfare, as well as by it.
Mr. Potholm is Professor of Government with teaching specialties in Maine Politics, Warfare, African Politics and international conflict. He previously taught at Vassar, Dartmouth, and the College of the Virgin Islands, and has made frequent trips to Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.
Winning at War: 7 Keys to Military Victory Throughout History. Rowman & Littlefield (2010)
War Wisdom: A Cross-Cultural Sampling. Roman & Littlefield (2015)
Understanding War: An Annotated Bibliography. Roman & Littlefield (2016)
This Splendid Game: Maine Campaigns and Elections, 1940-2002. Rowman & Littlefield (2003)
Maine: The Dynamics of Political Change. Rowman & Littlefield (2005)
Maine: An Annotated Bibliography. Lexington Books (2012)
The Delights of Democracy: The Triumph of American Politics, An Insider's Guide to Maine Politics:1946-1996, Four African Political Systems, Swaziland: The Dynamics of Political Modernization, Liberation and Exploitation, The Theory and Practice of African Politics, Strategy and Conflict, and Just Do It! Political Participation in the 1990s. He is the co-editor of Integration and Disintegration in East Africa, Southern Africa in Perspective: Essays in Regional Cooperation, Focus on Police with Professor Richard Morgan, and is co-author of American Politics: Directions of Change, Dynamics of Choice and People, Power and Politics. In addition, he has published numerous articles and reviews in such journals as World Politics, International Journal, Journal of Modern African Studies, Pan African Journal, Cultures et Development, and the Journal of Politics.