Inside Nazi Germany, 1933-1945|
Spring 2012 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
This survey course seeks to give a firm historical grounding in the processes that led to Hitler's rise to power, the nature of the National Socialist regime, and the origins and implementation of policies of aggression and genocide. The basic premise of this course is that National Socialism was from the outset driven by a belligerent and genocidal logic. The course will therefore critically analyze the racial, eugenic, and geopolitical ideology of National Socialism and the policies of discrimination, conquest, economic exploitation, and extermination that followed from it. At the same time, the role of structural factors in explaining these outcomes will also be explored in great depth. We will analyze how German society was shaped by Nazism, considering conformity and opposition in the lives of ordinary people in both peacetime and war. The course seeks to impart an awareness of the complex of factors that produced a regime of unprecedented destructiveness and horror, and it aims to develop a critical understanding of the ongoing problems of interpretation that accompany its history. As important, we will consider the continued relevance of the legacy of National Socialism and the Holocaust to our evaluation of national and international affairs in the 21st century.
The papers written for this course will require analysis and interpretation of select readings and films. Students will be exposed to several important interpretive paradigms that have been developed for understanding the history of Nazi Germany and be expected to apply them in their papers and exams.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(CJST-MN)(GRST-MN)(GRST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP-Hist Conc)
William Sheridan Allen, The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town 1922-1945, rev. ed. (New York: Franklin Watts, 1984).
Omer Bartov, Hitler's Army: Soldiers, Nazis and War in the Third Reich (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).
Omer Bartov, ed., The Holocaust: Origins, Implementation, Aftermath (London and New York: Routledge, 2000).
Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Batallion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (New York: HarperPerennial, 1998).
Michael Burleigh, The Third Reich: A New History (New York: Hill and Wang, 2000).
Eric A. Johnson, Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews and Ordinary Germans (New York: Basic Books, 2000).
Ian Kershaw, Hitler, Profiles in Power (Harlow: Longman [Pearson Education], 1991).
Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz, trans. Stuart Wolf (New York: Touchstone, 1996).
Detlev J. K. Peukert, Inside Nazi Germany: Conformity, Opposition and Racism in Everyday Life, trans. Richard Deveson (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1982).
|Examinations and Assignments: |
1.) 10% attendance and participation
2.) 30% three response papers
3.) 30% midterm exam
4.) 30% final exam
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