Nathaniel Parker Weston
Introduces students to the social, political, and cultural history of Germany leading to and during the National Socialist era from 1933-1945. Through the lens of Germany social history, studies the rise of fascism and genocide, and how the German case can inform other historical studies.
This course examines National Socialism in Germany from its origins in the First World War and earlier to its end in World War II. It specifically addresses Nazismís ideological roots, party structure, biographies of prominent leaders, development of dictatorship, social and economic policies, diplomatic and military actions, and perpetration of the Holocaust.
Student learning goals
Identify people, events, and ideas relevant to the history of Nazi Germany
Analyze written and visual sources from the National Socialist era
Compare and contrast historiansí interpretations of a topic on Nazism
General method of instruction
No previous knowledge of German, European, or world history will be required, but a command of English composition and understanding of historical methodology will certainly lend themselves to greater student success in the course.
Class assignments and grading
A literature review in addition to a midterm and final exam