Amanda Jeanne Swain
Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.
This research seminar will explore the ways in which World War II is remembered and commemorated in Europe today, with a particular emphasis on conflicts between and attempts to integrate West European, East European and Russian historical narratives of the war. Among other topics, the course will examine memorialization of the Holocaust, current debates in Russia over Stalinís role in World War II, and attempts to equate Nazism and Stalinism in the European Parliament.
Student learning goals
Students are expected to learn how to think critically about the ways in which historical events are remembered and commemorated.
General method of instruction
This class will consist of discussions based on intensive readings on selected topics.
Primarily for history majors, but non-majors will be considered if space is available. Some background in European and World War II history helpful but not essential.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments to be determined and will include taking responsibility for discussing one or two of the assigned weekly readings; two 5-8 papers; andparticipation in class discussion.