HIST 498 (03) - Explorations of Historical Perspectives

ExplHistPersp/WWII Total Confl

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - Full Term (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 55396
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.
Section Comments: Topic: WWII: A Total Conflict.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Attributes: Historical Perspectives(Disc)
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 TR 11:10am - 12:00pm HORT 210
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 T 4:10pm - 5:00pm HORT 445
Additional Course Details: 

HIST 498 sec. 03
TR 11:10-12 AND T 4:10-5

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.


There are four required, books, all of which can be found in paper. It is strongly recommended that you use print editions so that you can cite your work appropriately. 1) Mawdsely's World War II: A New History, 2nd ed. ( ISBN-13: 978-1108791403 ); 2) Walker's Prompt and Utter Destruction, 2nd or 3rd ed. (ISBN: 978-1469628974); 3) Browning's Ordinary Men (ISBN: 978-0062303028); and 4) Dower's War without Mercy (978-0394751726).