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Introduction to Historical Thinking--Nazi Germany: History and Film

This class will examine the history of Nazi Germany through three interconnected approaches. First, we will read important academic scholarship on the darkest period in German history, in order to explain the Nazis’ coming to power, the Holocaust, and the eventual defeat of the Nazi regime. Second, we will study a range of documents from the Nazi period itself, including political texts written by members of the regime, propaganda posters, and diaries by victims of Nazi persecution. Third, we will watch a number of classic movies about the Nazi period. Throughout the semester, we will work towards a complex understanding of Nazi rule, and we will discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of these three kinds of sources.

Course Number

HIST 150 B1


Brueckenhaus, Daniel





Course Format


Course Format Description

Synchronous online class meetings three times each week. Asynchronous activities will include weekly reading and writing assignments, including film analysis papers, a midterm paper and a final paper. Live attendance at the class meetings is required. However, options may be made available for international students taking the class from abroad to replace some of the synchronous meetings with additional asynchronous work.

Time Slot

Mid Afternoon



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