History 275B

Fall 2014
115 Barrows
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W 4-6P

This course aims to stimulate conversation on a series of provocative questions relating to the history of modern Europe, a continent alternately coming together and tearing itself apart, reminiscent of the old oscillating universe theory. Remarkable is the persistence of the national question and its power to overwhelm every agenda – including that of social welfare – until its demands seem satisfied. Course readings touch upon following issues:

Total War and its causes
Revolutionary era: socialism and national self-determination
Enemies of democracy and their programs
Leninist and fascist "civilizations"
Submersion of the world wars in European collective memory
Collaboration: "Victims" as collaborators.
Collaborators as "democrats"
Intellectuals and the Cold War: totalitarian temptation?
The dialectics of German unity in a divided Europe
Revolutionary era: 1989 and the era of "democratization"
Europe unified and divided: the Bosnian crisis

Throughout the emphasis is on readability and new questions, rather than on panoramic view or systematic geographic and thematic coverage. Students write one twenty page paper on a subject of their choice, as well as a number of short reviews, and make one presentation to the class (on a book of their choice).

Course Books

Uncivil Society by Kotkin, Stephen Random House Publishing Group. ISBN: 9780812966794 Required
May '68 by Ross, Kristin Chicago. ISBN: 9780226727998 Required
Invention of Decolonization by Shepard, Todd Cornell. ISBN: 9780801474545 Required
Iron Curtain by Applebaum, Anne Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN: 9780385515696 Required
Hitler's Empire by Mazower, Mark Penguin. ISBN: 9780143116103 Required
The Weimar Republic by Peukert, Detlev Farrar. ISBN: 9780809015566 Required
Hitler's Thirty Days by Turner, Henry Basic. ISBN: 9780201328004 Required
Germans Into Nazis by Fritzsche, Peter Harvard. ISBN: 9780674350922 Required
Fast Cars, Clean Bodies by Ross, Kristin MIT. ISBN: 9780262680912 Required
France's New Deal by Nord, Philip Princeton. ISBN: 9780691156118 Required
Fascists by Mann, Michael Cambridge. ISBN: 0-521-53855-6 Required
Paris 1919 by MacMillan, Margaret Random HOuse . ISBN: 0-375-76052-0 Required
Sleepwalkers by Clark, C. Harper Collins. ISBN: 9780061146664 Required
Contesting Democracy by Müller, Jan-Werner Yale. ISBN: 9780300194128 Required
Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century by Mazower, Mark Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN: 9780679757047 Required
Dissolution by Maier, Charles Princeton. ISBN: 9780691007465 Required
Where have all the Soldiers Gone? by Sheehan, James Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN: 9780547086330 Required
Beyond Totalitarianism by Geyer, MIchael Cambridge. ISBN: 9780521723978 Required