Introduction to research into European topics and to the analysis of problems.
The Holocaust or Shoah, the murder of the European Jews by National Socialist Germany is more often the subject of historical than sociological enquiry. It is closely related to an understanding of European Fascism that has become the focus of sociological analysis recently, specifically in Michael Mann’s studies „Fascists“ (2004) as well as „The Dark Side of Democracy. Explaing Ethnic Cleansing“ (2005). This course offers an introduction to a comparative history of fascism in Europe, focusing specifically on the merits of combining a sociological approach to fascist movements with a comparative historical understanding of European history from the 1920s to the 1940s and the Shoah. The countries discussed will be Italy, Germany, France, Rumania, and Hungary.
Student learning goals
How to research an entirely new topic, how to evaluate different interpretations, how to independently assess sources and how to develop a systematic approach to writing a lengthier paper.
General method of instruction
Useful reading: Hobsbawm, E. (1994). The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991. Pantheon.
Class assignments and grading
Written Assignments Oral Presentations Research on Sources & Literature Paper at end of term with annotated bibliography
Participation, Written Assignments, Oral Presentations, Paper at end of term with annotated bibliography