Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Marked by turmoil, twentieth-century Europe was consumed by unprecedented xenophobia and mass killings which decimated entire cultures and changed the face of the continent. As the evils of this century culminated in the destruction of the ideals of the Enlightenment, they set a new precedent for cruelty and barbarity in the modern period. Focusing on the Balkan Wars, the Armenian Genocide, the First World War, the rise of Stalinism, Nazism, and the Holocaust, this course will examine the ways in which these events emerged out of the dramatic social, scientific, political, and cultural changes and movements of the nineteenth-century. In addition, it will explore the rampant nationalism of the era which fostered extremist ideas that eventually became radicalized by murderous regimes, and ultimately, ended in chaos and the death of millions.
Robert Conquest, Stalin: Breaker of Nations (ISBN: 978-0-14-016953-9)
Alan Kramer, Dynamic of Destruction (ISBN: 978-0199543779)
Filip Muller, Eyewitness Auschwitz (ISBN: 978-1566632713)
Richard Pipes, A Concise History of the Russian Revolution (978-0679745440)
Robert Wistrich, Hitler and the Holocaust (ISBN: 13: 9780812968637)
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Course requirements include regular attendance and participation, one directed reading response, one annotated bibliography, one research paper, and two tests.