HISTORY 322 - The Origins of Nazism
Section: 001 Ideology, Practices, Judgments
Term: WN 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
WorldLit
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Cost:
50-100
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, erected a dictatorship and began to persecute their political opponents, and later all groups that they considered undesirable in their racial state. We will examine Nazi policies and explore their effects on different parts of the society: in which ways did Nazi rule shape the lives of ordinary Germans, and what consequences did outcasts face? Seeking to reverse 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 primarily look into what war meant for the people — soldiers and their families, victimized civilians, prisoners of war, forced laborers, and deportees. The rapid conquest of large parts of Europe enabled Nazi Germany to unleash a policy of annihilation against all individuals whom the regime declared to be "racial" enemies; this policy has come to be known as the Holocaust. This class considers the related crimes as well as post-war attempts to deal with this past through trials, denazification measures, the reeducation of the German population, filmic representations, memoralization of the victims, and compensation for the survivors.

Required Texts:

  • Wolfgang Benz, A Concise History of the Third Reich, translated from the German by Thomas Dunlap (Berkeley/Los Angeles/London: University of California Press, paperback 2007)
  • Anna Seghers, The Seventh Cross, translated by James A. Galston, various editions since 1942
  • Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (New York: Harper Perennial, 1998)
  • Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz. The Nazi Assault on Humanity, translated from the Italian by Stuart Woolf (New York/London/Toronto/Sydney: Simon & Schuster, 1996)
  • and a coursepack

HISTORY 322 - The Origins of Nazism
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
23232
Open
13
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Students are auto-enrolled in lecture when they elect a discussion.
002 (DIS)
P
23233
Open
4
12LSA Hnrs
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 002: LSA Honors only.
003 (DIS)
P
27902
Closed
0
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
27903
Open
4
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
27904
Open
2
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
23235
Open
1
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
23234
Open
2
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
23236
Closed
0
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
010 (DIS)
P
23240
Closed
0
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
012 (DIS)
P
23238
Closed
0
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
014 (DIS)
P
28706
Open
2
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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