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Amanda Jeanne Swain
HIST 494
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in Historiography

Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amanda Jeanne Swain
Date: 01/24/2012