Fall 2011

SOCS 639
Inside Nazi Germany, 1933-1945


09/12/2011 - 12/09/2011
Wednesday 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 422

This course analyzes the processes that led to Hitler's rise to power, the nature of the National Socialist regime, and the origins and implementation of its policies of aggression and genocide. The basic premise of this course is that National Socialism was from the outset driven by a belligerent and genocidal logic. The course will therefore critically analyze the racial, eugenic and geopolitical ideology of National Socialism and the policies of discrimination, conquest, economic exploitation and extermination that followed. At the same time, the role of structural factors in explaining these outcomes will also be explored in great depth from the perspective of everyday life. We will analyze how German society was shaped by Nazism, considering conformity and opposition in the lives of ordinary people in both peacetime and war. The course seeks to impart an awareness of the complex factors that produced a regime of unprecedented destructiveness, and it aims to develop a critical understanding of the ongoing problems of interpretation that accompany its history.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

This course is open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, September 16 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

Erik Grimmer-Solem (B.A. Brigham Young University; M.Sc. London School of Economics and Political Science; M.Phil. Cambridge University; D.Phil. University of Oxford) is associate professor of history and author of The Rise of Historical Economics and Social Reform in Germany, 1864-1894 (Oxford University Press, 2003). Click here for more information about Erik Grimmer-Solem.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
William Allen, THE NAZI SEIZURE OF POWER, (Franklin Watts), Paperback, ISBN: 0531056333.

Omer Bartov, THE HOLOCAUST (Routledge), Paperback, ISBN: 0415150361.

Michael Burleigh, THE THIRD REICH, (Hill & Wang), Paperback, ISBN: 080909326X.

Eric Johnson, NAZI TERROR (Basic Books), Paperback, ISBN: 0465049087.

Detlev Peukert, INSIDE NAZI GERMANY (Yale), Paperback, ISBN: 0300044801.

Reading Materials are available at BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 Broad Street, Middletown, 860-685-7323.

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