Not offered in 2008
Some historians have argued that Nazi racial and social utopias were an articulation of the destructive potentials of modernity. Others point to a longer history of racism. The unit introduces students to key historical debates concerning whether Nazism was a form of radical fascism or was unique in its racial utopianism. What were the relationships between Nazi racial and social policies? Was Nazism supported for rational and pragmatic reasons or were people enthralled by its ideology of racial supremacy? The unit also explores connections between the bio-medical sciences, racial hygiene, and the euthanasia program and looks at Nazi genocides in the context of Nazi bio-politics.
After successfully completing the unit students should be able to
Book Reviews (2x10% 800-1000 words each): 20%; Research Proposal (1500 words): 20%; Research Essay (5500-6000 words): 50%; Seminar participation: 10%
2 hour seminar per week