Spring 2010

World War II in Global Perspective

Listed in: History, as HIST-24


Catherine A. Epstein (Sections 01 and 03)
Trent E. Maxey (Sections 02 and 04)
Kevin M. Sweeney (Section 05)


[C] This course will explore World War II in global perspective. Historians of Europe, Japan, and the United States will join together to teach the history of the world’s most destructive war. Topics include the rise of militant regimes in Germany and Japan; German and Japanese aggression in the 1930s; the attack on Pearl Harbor; famous battles of the war; the Holocaust; German and Japanese occupation practices; civilian life in the Allied and Axis countries; and the later memory of the war. The course will also address moral controversies raised by the war, including the Anglo-American firebombing of Germany and the decision to drop the atomic bomb. Texts for the course will include film, memoirs, government documents, graphic and other novels, and secondary accounts of the war.  Class will consist of two lectures and one discussion section per week. 

Spring semester.  Professors Epstein, Maxey, and K. Sweeney.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Fall 2018, Spring 2020