Sophomore Seminar: Appeasement and the Origins of the Second World War|
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.
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.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: (If discrepancies exist between major readings in Wesmaps and the results generated by the Text Book Information link, defer to the readings posted in Broad Street Books.)|
Text Book Information
Gerhard Weinberg, THE FOREIGN POLICY OF HITLER'S GERMANY: STARTING WORLD WAR II, 1937-1939 A.J.P. Taylor, THE ORIGINS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
P M H Bell, THE ORIGINS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE
Jean-Baptiste Duroselle, FRANCE AND THE NAZI THREAT: THE COLLAPSE OF FRENCH DIPLOMACY
Eugen Weber, THE HOLLOW YEARS: FRANCE IN THE 1930S
Neville Chamberlain, IN SEARCH OF PEACE
Julian Jackson, THE FALL OF FRANCE: THE NAZI INVASION OF 1940
Documents, principally diplomatic correspondence and dispatches, to be provided
|Examination and Assignments: |
Four short papers (5-6 pages) on a subject assigned by the instructor plus a major research paper. Each of the short papers will address a major event or personality involved in the origins of the Second World War. The topic of the major research paper will be chosen by the student in consultation with the instructor.
|Instructor(s): Greene,Nathanael Times: .M..... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: ALLB304; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 19||FR: 0|
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