Spring 2020 - HIST 338 C900
World War II (4)
Class Number: 9100
Delivery Method: Distance Education
An introduction to the history of the origins and course of the second world war.
This course features online-only lectures with associated content, and tutorials that meet in person once a week for two hours.
The Second World War was a conflagration that touched all continents, devastated 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 an era of relative peace that continues today – no general European or world war has broken out since 1945. This commitment was underscored by the human experience of total war, which was effectively, and lethally, implemented by various belligerent countries between 1937 and 1945. This course examines the concept of total war, how different countries attempted to achieve a total-war economy leading up to and during the military confrontation, how the war affected both combatants and non-combatants in diverse theatres, and the ways that total war lent itself to the perpetration of atrocities in both Europe and Asia. Please note: this is NOT a thirteen-week military history of World War II. While some key operations and battles will be discussed, the focus is the political and social (i.e. human) impact of war – soldiers, government figures, and civilians, rather than military strategy and tactics, are the subject.
- seminar attendance and participation 20%
- (online) quizzes 10%
- short essay 20%
- final project 40%
Cambridge History of the second World War, in three volumes (2015) (available online via SFU library)
v Lizzie Collingham, The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food (2013)
v Omer Bartov, Anatomy of a Genocide (2018)
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