History (HIST) - The Third Reich

HIST 4815  The Third Reich


Restricted to students in an Honours program with 84 credits completed.


HIST 4817


Three hours of seminar per week.




This course examines the history of modern Germany during the first half of the twentieth century in an attempt to determine the place of Hitler and the Third Reich in relation to the German past and present. The course begins with an examination of the establishment of the Weimar Republic (1918) followed by its collapse and the simultaneous rise of Nazism in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Selected topics will include the rise of National Socialism in Weimar Germany, the Nazi ""seizure of power,"" Nazi ideology, the leadership role of Adolf Hitler, collaboration and resistance, and the Nazi Holocaust. These and other topics will be examined from a variety of perspectives in order to understand this disturbing episode in the history of the twentieth century. This is a reading intensive course.

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