HISTORY 322 - The Origins of Nazism
Section: 001 Ideology, Practices, Judgments
Term: WN 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
WorldLit
Cost:
>100
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course aims at providing a complex and differentiated idea of what National Socialism was. We will study the main features of Nazi ideology, see how the Nazi party came to power, and ask why so many Germans joined the Nazi movement or at least supported their government once it was established. As soon as Hitler was appointed chancellor in January 1933, the Nazis abolished democracy, errected a dictatorship and began to persecute their political opponents, and later all groups that they considered undesirable in their racial state. We will examine both Nazi policies and the effects on the different parts of the society: in which way did Nazi rule shape the lives of ordinary Germans and what were the consequences for the outcasts? Seeking reversal for what the political right in Germany had always seen as a disgraceful peace after World War I, the Nazi regime soon prepared for war again. Rather than studying the military history of World War II we will primarly look into what war meant for the people – soldiers and their families, victimized civilians, prisoners of war, forced laborers, and deportees. Their fast conquest of large parts of Europe enabled Nazi Germany to unleash a policy of annihiliation against all whom they declared to be their "racial" enemies, a policy that has come to be known as the Holocaust. This class considers the related crimes as well as the post-war attempts at dealing with this past through trials, denazification measures, the reeducation of the German population, memoralization of the victims, and compensation for the survivors.

HISTORY 322 - The Origins of Nazism
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
24576
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture when they elect a discussion.
002 (DIS)
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24577
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2
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (DIS)
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24581
Open
1
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
007 (DIS)
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24582
Open
3
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
008 (DIS)
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24583
Closed
0
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
009 (DIS)
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24584
Open
1
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
010 (DIS)
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24585
Open
1
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
011 (DIS)
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24586
Open
1
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
012 (DIS)
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24587
Open
5
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
013 (DIS)
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24588
Open
3
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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