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SES # TOPICS KEY DATES
Week 1
1 Introduction to Class and Requirements: What is "Fascism"?, What is "Nazism"?
Week 2
2
  • Imperial Germany and the First World War
  • Discussion
  • Fabri, Friedrich. Short excerpt from Does Germany Need Colonies?
3 Total War and Total (?) Defeat
Week 3
4
  • Revolution and the Weimar Constitution
  • Discussion
  • Remarque, Jünger. "Letters from the Front and Home Front"
5
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • Economic Shock
  • Paramilitary Politics
Week 4
6 Recovery, and Weimar Culture I: Art and the Avant-Garde (Visual Presentation)
7
  • Weimar Culture II: The New Woman
  • Discussion
  • Berghaus, Gunter. "Girlkultur: Feminism, Americanism, and Popular Entertainment in Weimar Germany." Journal of Design History (1988).
    Nenno, Nancy. "Feminity, the Primitive, and Modern Urban Space: Josephine Baker in Berlin."
Week 5
8 Film: "The Blue Angel" (Die Blaue Engel) (1930, 107 minutes)
9 Countercurrents: Anti-Semitism, Völkisch Nationalism (and the Origins of the Nazi Party) First paper due 3 days after Session 9 (5-6 pages)
Week 6
10
  • Discussion
  • Fallada, Hans. Little Man, What Now? 1933.
Week 7
11 The Great Depression and the Polarization of Politics
12
  • Discussion
  • Allen, William S. The Nazi Seizure of Power.
Week 8
13 The Nazi Seizure of Power and Gleichschaltung
14
  • National Socialist Propaganda and Aesthetics: The New Mass Media
  • Film: Excerpts from Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will and Olympia
  • Discussion
  • The films of Leni Riefenstahl
    Fest, Joachim. The Face of the Third Reich. (Goebbels)
Week 9
15
  • Discussion
  • Allen, William S. The Nazi Seizure of Power.
16 The Racial State
Week 10
17 The Rise of the SS State, and Everyday Life under Nazism Second paper due (5-6 pages)
18 Outbreak of the Second World War
Week 11
19 The Course of the War, and the Eastern Front
20
  • Origins of the "Final Solution" and the Machinery of Mass Murder
  • Film: Excerpt from Die Ewige Jüde
  • Discussion
  • Report of Einsatzgruppe C (1941)
    Minutes of the Wannsee Conference (1942)
Week 12
21
  • Discussion
  • Browning. Ordinary Men.
  • Fest, Joachim. The Face of the Third Reich. (Höss)
22 Meeting with Instructor: Review of "Der Brand" (Strategic Bombing)
Week 13
23
  • The Defeat of Germany and Götterdammerung
  • Discussion
  • Allen, William S. The Nazi Seizure of Power.
    Fest, Joachim. The Face of the Third Reich.
24 "Zero Hour" and Denazification Third paper due (5-6 pages)
Week 14
25 Film: Germany Year Zero (1947, 78 minutes) or
Somewhere in Berlin (Irgendwo in Berlin) (1946, DEFA), 79 minutes.
26
  • Discussion of Film
  • The Legacy of Nazism in History, Memory and Myth
Week 15
Final Exam