The Nazi Regime: Tracing the Historical Path to Incomparable Horror
This course will examine the Nazi regime, from its roots in modern German history through the Holocaust, and introduce students to debates about the Nazi era. These include: did the Nazis rise to power due to economic crises, or deeper trends in German history? Did ordinary Germans actively support Nazi rule, or were they cowed into silence? Was the Holocaust the inevitable result of a longstanding plan, or the product of contingent events? To what extent did Jews resist, or rather passively accept their fate? Finally, why did so many supposedly "ordinary" men participate in mass slaughter? Possible lessons from German history for current threats to American democracy will also be considered. The course will include weekly readings, class discussion and lecture.
You'll Walk Away with
- Those with an interest in European and world history
- Anyone wishing to learn more about the political dynamics of the 20th century
- Knowledge of the turning points in the rise and fall of the Nazi regime
- An understanding of some of the social and political dynamics that allowed Nazism to take hold