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Sophomore Seminar: Appeasement and the Origins of the Second World War
HIST 158
Spring 2011
Section: 01  

In this study of Europe's crisis, 1933-1939, from Hitler's appointment as chancellor of Germany to the outbreak of the Second World War, attention will focus upon the reassertion of German power and its effects upon the diplomacy and politics of Great Britain and France. Specific topics will include Hitler's aims and actions; critical events concerning the Rhineland, Spain, Czechoslovakia, and Poland; pacifism and the French Left; Neville Chamberlain and British conservatism; and the debate over the immediate origins of the war in 1939. Readings will include memoirs and contemporary diplomatic documents, newspapers, and journals.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
Through intensive study of the motives and actions of the major European powers, their leaders, and critical events in the period from 1933 to 1940, students will be expected to analyze differing perspectives and historical interpretations. Additionally students will develop research techniques, work intensively with documents involving a variety of sources, and develop cogent and telling arguments through a series of short papers and an intensively researched final paper.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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