GERMAN 322 - The Origins of Nazism
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Other:
WorldLit
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Cost:
50-100
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Where did the Nazis come from? Was the Weimar Republic bound to fail? Did the Treaty of Versailles or the Great Depression catapult the Nazis into power? What was the role of racism, of Anti-Semitism? How did the regime consolidate itself? What was the role of ordinary people? How do we explain the Holocaust and what kind of a war was the Second World War? Grappling with these and more questions, the first half of the course focuses on Germany’s first democracy, the Weimar Republic and its vibrant political culture. In the second half, we study the Nazi regime, how it consolidated its power and remade society based on the concepts of race and struggle. Discussions of race and race-making are crucial throughout the course. In the name of the “racial purity,” the Nazi state moved ruthlessly against Germany’s Jewish population and cleansed German society of all “undesirable” elements. These ideas and practices didn’t originate with the Nazis and they didn’t operate in a geopolitical vacuum. Thinking about Nazi racism and genocide in both its particular specifics and in a larger global historical context is the main goal of this course.

Course Requirements:

participation, book review, midterm and final exams, midterm essay, final essay

Intended Audience:

Suitable for students at all levels who are not afraid to read

Class Format:

Two 90 minute Lectures, One Discussion per week

GERMAN 322 - The Origins of Nazism
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
23489
Open
78
 
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
23490
Open
1
23LSA History Majors
-
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
23491
Open
1
 
-
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
23492
Open
9
 
-
Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
23493
Closed
0
 
-
Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
23495
Open
10
 
-
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (DIS)
P
23496
Open
15
 
-
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
24636
Open
8
 
-
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
010 (DIS)
P
26845
Open
2
 
-
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
011 (DIS)
P
30925
Open
7
 
-
F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill
Note:
Coursepack readings will also be on canvas
ISBN: 9780520234895
A concise history of the Third Reich, Author: Benz, Wolfgang., Publisher: University of California Press 2006
Required
ISBN: 0674027930
Life and death in the Third Reich, Author: Fritzsche, Peter, 1959-, Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2008
Required
ISBN: 9780684826806
Survival in Auschwitz : the Nazi assault on humanity, Author: Primo Levi ; translated from the Italian by Stuart Woolf., Publisher: Touchstone 1. Touchst 1958
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780312454685
The Nazi state and German society : a brief history with documents, Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's 2010
Required
ISBN: 9780226595566
The end : Hamburg 1943, Author: Nossack, Hans Erich, 1901-1977., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2004
Required
ISBN: 069101695X
Weimar Germany : promise and tragedy, Author: Weitz, Eric D., Publisher: Princeton University Press 2007
Required
ISBN: 1590517040
Blood Brothers, Author: Ernst Haffner, Publisher: Other Press 1. EDITION
Required
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for GERMAN 322 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Office of Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)