Spring 2020

World War II in Global Perspective

Listed in: History, as HIST-101

Formerly listed as: HIST-24


Mark R. Jacobson (Section 01)
Trent E. Maxey (Section 01)


[C/TE] 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. Three class meetings per week.

Spring semester. Co-taught by John J. McCloy Visiting Professor Jacobson and Professor Maxey.


Attention to Writing


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