HIST 3580

HIST 3580

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

This course examines the causes and consequences of the "catastrophic nationalism" of the German nation state from its unification by war in 1870 under Bismarck, through the First World War and Germany's defeat, to the unloved Weimar Republic and its legendary political violence, culminating in the Third Reich's unprecedented logic of total destruction and annihilation. What social and political forces caused the German state(s) to unleash two world wars and several genocides? What role did the military play? Why were opponents unable to stop these developments? And why did these forces, once unleashed, not shrink from the total destruction of the German nation itself? In addition to reading a novel, historical works, and original documents, we view classic films from the Weimar period and the Third Reich, which reflect the troubled politics of mass destruction.

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (HA-AS)

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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