HIST 498 (1SY) - Explorations of Historical Perspectives

Expl/WWII: A Total Conflict

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Course Delivery Method: Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 57078
In-depth exploration of a particular historical question or topic: for example, the French Revolution, Chaucer's England, or the New Deal. Students should consult with the Department of History for a list of topics and instructors. Course meets the History major requirements for Group I, II, or III, depending on the topic.
You must sign up in the Dept Office before registering through WEBCAT.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Attributes: Historical Perspectives(Disc)
Instructors: Marion Dorsey

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 MWF 8:10am - 9:00am ONLINE
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From Adolf Hitler to Winston Churchill, from the Battle of Guadalcanal to the invasion of Normandy, from blitzkrieg to atomic warfare, from Lend Lease to the Marshall Plan, and from Hollywood to Glenn Miller, we will explore the breadth of World War II.  Because it is the largest total war in modern history, we will examine some battles, and we will also investigate home fronts, popular culture, espionage, alliances, famous figures, propaganda, and more.  This is a lecture and discussion course with activities during class time approximately once a week.  Open to those who have studied World War II and those who are new to history.  Come learn about the range of ways that World War II influenced the world and its legacy.


You may use any edition of the following required books, but you need to be able to refer to specific page numbers in essays and in discussion: 1. Evan Mawdsley's World War II ( ISBN-13 : 978-1108791403 ) (This will be our textbook.) 2. Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity ( ISBN-13 : 978-1423152880 ) (Note that this is marketed as a young adult/adult book. This spy novel is definitely not a children's book.)) 3. Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men (ISBN-13: 978-0062303028) (This is about the Holocaust.) 4. Samuel J. Walker's Prompt and Utter Destruction (ISBN-13: 978-1469628974) (Any edition of the book is fine.)