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20th century SYLLABUS (2013)


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20th century SYLLABUS (2013)

  1. 1. History 200 Twentieth-Century Europe Block 6, 2013 Professor Kris Pangburn Office: 215F Palmer Hall Email: Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 12:15-1:45 pm and by appointment This course surveys the tumultuous twentieth century from the outbreak of the First World War to the aftermath of the Revolutions of 1989-1991. Together we will examine the devastating experience of total war, the political, social, and cultural dimensions of Europe’s fascist and communist regimes, and the testimonials of ordinary men and women living in former Soviet-bloc countries who have endured the rapid transition to a free-market economy. Readings will include a wide range of primary sources, supplemented by scholarly studies and films. Readings The following required books are available for purchase at the Colorado College Bookstore. If you buy your books on-line, be careful to find the editions listed below. Merriman, A History of Modern Europe, vol. 2 (Norton, 3rd edition) 9780393933857 Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (Ballantine) 9780449911495 Fitzpatrick, Everyday Stalinism: Soviet Russia in the 1930s (Oxford UP) 9780195050011 Browning, Ordinary Men (Harper Perennial) 9780060995065 Schneider, The Wall Jumper (U of Chicago) 9780226739410 Drakulić, Café Europa (Penguin) 9780140277722 * All other readings specified on the syllabus will be distributed to students in a course packet. Grading Class participation 15% Book review #1 5% Book review #2 5% Paper #1 25% Paper #2 25% Paper #3 25%
  2. 2. 2   All students will write three 6-7 page papers, as well as two short book reviews of roughly 2 pages. Instructions for these papers will be given in class. Please confirm your adherence to the honor code by writing “Honor Code Upheld” and signing your name at the end of each assignment. Students taking the course pass/fail must complete all assignments. For our course to succeed, it is vital that everyone attend class every day. Please take advantage of official breaks for personal needs. Note that reading assignments are due on the day they are assigned. Be sure to come to class prepared to discuss the day’s assignment. Students are expected to read carefully, annotating their texts thoughtfully and sharing their perspectives generously. If you have a disability and require accommodations for this course, please speak with me privately as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, you will need to register with Disability Services (Learning Commons at Tutt Library, Room 152, 227-8285). Lecture and Reading Schedule ~ Class will begin at 9:30 AM unless otherwise noted. Mon, 2/18: Introduction – Europe on the Brink of Catastrophe Tues, 2/19: World War I Merriman, 861-926 Begin Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) Wed, 2/20: Death in the Trenches Finish Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) Thurs, 2/21: The Russian Revolution Merriman, 927-954 Lenin, excerpts from What Is To Be Done? (1902) and “April Theses” (1917) Pipes, excerpt from Three ‘Whys’ of the Russian Revolution (1995) Fri, 2/22: WWI’s Aftermath and the Birth of Fascism Merriman, 955-972; 993-1020 Mussolini, “Doctrine of Fascism” (1935) Hitler, first excerpt from Mein Kampf (1925) Mon, 2/25: The Nazi Rise to Power * Class meets from 1:15-3:00 PM on this day * PAPER #1 DUE by 10:30 AM Merriman, 1020-1035 Caplan, “The Rise of National Socialism, 1919-1933” (1992) Kershaw, “The Hitler Myth” (1985) Kershaw, “The Third Reich: ‘Social Reaction’ or ‘Social Revolution’?” (2000)
  3. 3. 3   Tues, 2/26: Life in the Third Reich Hitler, second excerpt from Mein Kampf (1925) Benz, excerpt from A Concise History of the Third Reich (2006) Burleigh and Wippermann, excerpt from The Racial State (1991) Wed, 2/27: Stalinist Russia Merriman, 1035-1042 Fitzpatrick, Everyday Stalinism (1999), 1-138; 190-217 Thurs, 2/28: The Spanish Civil War and World War II Merriman, 1042-1103 Hitler, third excerpt from Mein Kampf (1925) Browning, Ordinary Men (1992), xv-48 Fri, 3/1: Two Views of the Holocaust Browning, Ordinary Men (1992), 49-77; 159-223 Goldhagen, excerpt from Hitler’s Willing Executioners (1997) * Lunch and film: Downfall (2005) Mon, 3/4: NO CLASS – PAPER #2 DUE by 5:00 PM Tues, 3/5: Europe’s Reconstruction and the Cold War Merriman, 1109-1136; 1147-1160 Churchill, Iron Curtain Speech (1946) Soviet document announcing the creation of the Cominform (1947) National Security Council, Paper No. 68 (1950) Wed, 3/6: Decolonization Struggles Merriman, 1160-1175 Ferguson, excerpt from Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order (2002) Schneider, The Wall Jumper (1983), 1-74 Thurs, 3/7: Life in Communist Eastern Europe Schneider, The Wall Jumper (1983), 75-139 Fri, 3/8: The Revolutions of 1989-1991 Merriman, 1176-1209 Gorbachev, Perestroika (1987) Garton Ash, excerpt from The Magic Lantern (1990) Fukuyama, excerpt from “The End of History?” (1989) * Lunch and film: Good Bye, Lenin! (2003)
  4. 4. 4   Mon, 3/11: Post-Communist Europe Merriman, 1209-1239 Drakulić, Café Europa (1996) Tues, 3/12: NO CLASS Wed, 3/13: NO CLASS – PAPER #3 DUE by 5:00 PM