Nazi Germany (1933-1945)
Professor: Robert W. Brown
History 4300 is an in-depth and interdisciplinary history and analysis of Germany during the Nazi period (1933-1945). It begins with a chronological overview of Nazi Germany, from its origins during the Weimar Republic to its destruction at the end of World War II. The course's central section focuses on the discussion and analysis of primary materials dealing with selected aspects of the Nazi period, such as ideology, family life and women, education, propaganda, the arts, the war, and the Holocaust. The course concludes with an evaluation of the Nazi legacy, and it considers, among other topics, the problem of writing the history of Nazi Germany, the Historikerstreit, the "Germans historians' dispute" of the 1980s, and the difficulty of designing memorials and/or museums for the Nazi era and the Holocaust.
Nazi Germany is a discussion as well as lecture class, and students are expected to participate actively and voluntarily. Discussions will be based on the assigned readings, which are of two sorts, primary sources and essays by modern historians. Each student is expected to keep up with these readings. On occasion, as at the beginning of the course, lectures will be given to cover large amounts of back-ground material in an efficient fashion. Both the discussions and the lectures will be supplemented with contemporary films and images.
***a chronological survey of Nazi Germany, from its origins during the Weimar Republic to its modern German legacy;
***an in-depth study of selected topics from the Nazi period;
***an introduction to the reading and evaluation of primary sources, written as well as visual;
***a consideration of history as a field of study, with an emphasis on the critical evaluation of secondary books, articles, and films;
***an appreciation of the relevance of the study of history for an understanding of contemporary Germany and Europe, with an emphasis on the historical foundations of current developments;
***an opportunity to improve written and oral communication skills.
***an introduction to materials on the World Wide Web dealing with the history of Germany during the Nazi era.
1. Required Texts:
3. Three Essays: One Analysis of an Internet Site (10%); One Essay (10%); and One Primary Source Analysis (15%).
The Analysis of an Internet Site must be a review and analysis of World Wide Web Materials on a topic relevant to HST 430. The site analyzed should be selected from those listed on the HST 430 Web Links page. Students who wish to analyze a site not on this page must obtain advance permission from the instructor. Specific directions for this assignment are posted on the Internet Site for HST 430. The analysis is due on 29 January 2008.
The Essay can be on a subject of the student's choice, so long as
subject chosen deals with Hitler or the Nazi period. The essay
must be approved in advance by the instructor. Each student will
submit a brief proposal for the essay, a tentative bibliography, and a
date for its submission. The essay proposal is due on 11 March
2008. The essay should be documented and be at least five or more
pages long. The last day to submit the essay is 01 April 2008.
The Primary Source Analysis must be a study and interpretation of a key primary document or documents for the history of Nazi Germany. The document or documents must be selected from those reprinted in Stackelberg and Winkle, The Nazi Germany Sourcebook: An Anthology of Texts or from Sax and Kuntz, Inside Hitler's Germany (copies will be provided). Instructions for the completion of this assignment are posted on the HST 4300 web site. The Primary Source Analysis is due on 10 April 2008.
4. Questions for Class Discussion: On a regular basis, hand-outs with questions relating to the reading assignments will be distributed. Students will be assigned to answer these questions in writing and to stimulate discussion of them in class. These answers, which will be turned in and graded, and active participation in the class discussions are worth 05% of the total course grade.
5. Grading: Grading will be based on the three tests, the discussion questions and the paper/essays.
8. Class Attendance: History 4300 is a discussion as well as a lecture class and the readings discussed in class will be emphasized on the tests; regular class attendance is therefore important. Students are accordingly expected to attend every class, beginning with the first session. Absence from class, no matter what the cause, does not excuse a student from any course requirements. Make-up work is at the discretion of the instructor. Attendance will be taken. Cell phones should be turned off while in class.
9. Late Work: Work submitted late will be accepted without penalty if arrangements are made in advance; otherwise, late work will be accepted but penalized five points per class period.
10. Web Pages: Selected materials for this course are posted on the HST 430 Web Page.
11. Honor Code. Students are expected to comply with the provisions of the Academic Honor Code and the Code of Conduct, which are printed in the Student Handbook and are available on the web site of the Office of Students Affairs.
12. Office Hours: Weekly office hours are posted on my office door in the History Department (N212); if these hours are inconvenient, please see me after class or telephone (910.521.6438) to make an appointment. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
13. Emergency Information Hot Line: For information about possible university closings or delays in opening, call 910.521.6888 or access the UNC Pembroke web page.
14. Students with Documented Disabilities: Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments should speak directly to Disability Support Services and the instructor during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will remain confidential. For assistance, please contact Mary Helen Walker, Office of Disability Support Services, D. F. Lowry Building, (910.521.6695) or visit the Office of Disability Support Services web site (http://www.uncp.edu/dss/).
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