World War II: From Battle Fronts to Home Fronts
World War II was the defining event of the 20th century. It was the unhappy consequence of events of the four decades that preceded it, and its conclusion brought on forces that echo to this day.
This course will look at the events that preceded the war and how they contributed to the start of the conflict. It will look at the rise of nationalism in Japan, Italy, and Germany, with a focus on the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazism. It will cover the battle fronts in both the Pacific and the European theaters of war, but also the personalities and events, such as the Holocaust, that shaped the course of the war.
Unlike many histories of World War II, this course will examine how the war affected the home fronts of the nations at war, particularly Great Britain, Germany, and the United States.
Live Classes: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from June 9th to July 28th
Student Expectations: Students will be expected to take part in the live class discussions. Each student will also be required to submit a 5- to 7-page paper on a topic mutually agreed upon by the student and the instructor.
Student Support: The instructor will be available via email.
Materials: The required textbook for the course is James Stokesbury’s A Short History of World War II. All other materials will be supplied by the instructor.