Spring 2019 - HIST 338 C100
World War II (4)
Class Number: 3817
Delivery Method: Distance Education
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Prerequisites:45 units, including six units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 225.
An introduction to the history of the origins and course of the second world war.
The Second World War was a conflagration that touched all continents, ravaged entire countries, and left millions dead and displaced, sometimes permanently. Its destruction was so pervasive that it renewed the international community’s commitment to a United Nations and ushered in the era of relative peace that continues today – no general European or world war has broken out since 1945. This course examines the war from its origins in the 1930s to its devastating final days in 1945; it follows the course of the war in several theatres, including Europe, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, North Africa, and the Mediterranean; it analyses how different countries attempted to achieve a total-war economy leading up to and during the military confrontation; it considers various themes, from ideology and diplomacy to collaboration and resistance, from naval and aerial warfare to island-hopping in the Pacific and the Allied strategic bombing campaign, from the impact of technology to the role of espionage; and it grapples with the ways that such a war lent itself to the perpetration of atrocities in both Europe and Asia on all sides of combat, including the genocide of Europe’s Jews. The final units contend with the war’s legacy, focusing on the issues of justice, commemoration and denial, and the power of apology and restitution.
- Weekly Discussion 10%
- Online Quizzes 30%
- Assignments 30%
- Final Essay 30%
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