HIS 376G • HITLER/NAZISM/WORLD WAR II-W
How was an obscure, unemployed Austrian, who never rose above the rank of corporal in the German army, able to become the leader of a mass political movement which overthrew the most democratic political system Germany had ever known? Why did Germany begin the most devastating and brutal war in world history just two decades after having lost the First World War? Why did the Nazi state systematically murder 6 million Jews? How did the implementation of Nazi plans for a "racial empire" affect the lives of millions of Europeans during the Second World War? And what is the legacy of the Third Reich, for Germany today? These are the primary questions addressed by this course.
Your general participation in class discussions (i.e. attendance + involvement) counts for 20% of the overall grade. The take-home mid-term document test (5-6 pages) is worth 20% of the final grade.There is no final exam per se but you will have a second take-home document test (5-6 pages) which is worth 20% of the final grade.. You will also be asked to write one short review of any one of the books by Remarque, or Levi (4-5 pages, 20% of final grade). Finally, you will be asked to write two brief (2-3 page) analyses of the visual evidence(photographs, propaganda, election posters, etc.) that I will include among the class handouts, or of recommended recent films on Nazi Germany. Each of these two assignments is worth 10% of the final grade.
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front David F. Crew, Hitler and the Nazis. A History in Documents (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005) J. Noakes and G. Pridham(editors), Nazism. A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts, 1919-1945 (University of Exeter Press Edition: Volumes 2 &3) Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz [You can find good time-lines for the history of Hitler's rise to power, for World War II in Europe, and for the Holocaust on the Internet at http://www.historyplace.com/index.html. Each chronology provides detailed information on selected subjects, and a large number of contemporary photographs. We are also going to be working with the documents and images at this web-site: http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/. ]