Paths to the Present II

Last taught: Spring 1997 Time: MWF 10:00-10:50 Place: Adm 403 Credits: 3

Schedule of Readings


Name Office Hours Phone
Dr. John Brooks Adm 315 MTWRF 1100-1200 937-4544
Dr. Mark Zellmer Admin 417 MWF 1100-1150, MTWR 1500-1600 937-4289

Objectives and Expectations

Assigned Texts (available in the bookstore): Hacker, A Writer's Reference, 3rd ed. Wiesner, Ruff, and Wheeler, Discovering the Western Past, Vol. 2.

Objectives: This course is an introduction to history. You will learn what history is, why it is important, and how historians learn about the past. We will begin my studying what historians do and how they do it. You will learn some of the basic techniques of historical research. Then you will apply those techniques to a number of historical issues. In other words, you will study history the way historians do--by using primary sources and putting together evidence. By the end of this course, you should understand how to gather and interpret information about historical events or periods. You should also understand the limits of historical explanation--we cannot always find out everything we want to know about the past, and our interpretations are always subject to revision. Knowing the uses and limits of history will help you whenever you think about problems in the world today.

General Stuff: In addition to the assignments and readings listed in the syllabus, we will also sometimes assign additional work and readings in class. Every student is responsible for all work, whether or not he or she was in attendance. No assignments will be accepted more than a week late. We expect papers to be reasonably free of spelling and grammatical errors. We may ask you to rewrite assignments that have too many errors. Students will have one week from the date an assignment is returned to rewrite the assignment. You will be permitted to rewrite only five (5) assignments during the course of the semester, not including the rough draft of a research paper.

Attendance is very important and will be monitored throughout the semester. Students who miss more than five classes may be penalized. If you must miss a class, please inform one of the instructors beforehand. Students who come to class late or without their texts or assigned materials may be considered absent. Students are expected to do the assigned readings on time and to come to class prepared to participate by asking questions and taking part in discussion. Participation will be graded.

The instructors may give unannounced quizzes.

Academic Honesty: You are expected to do your own work on all exercises and exams, unless we tell you that you can work in groups. You may not copy from other students, and you may not let other students copy your work. You should use quotations and ideas from written sources to support what you say in written assignments, but quotations should not make up the whole assignment. If you quote from a text, you must state where you found the quotation. If you do not observe these rules, we will reject your paper (and you will receive a failing grade for that assignment).

Grading: The course is divided into two units, one dealing with World War I and the other dealing with Totalitarianism. For the first unit, you will keep a scrapbook of assigned exercises, and there will also be an examination. The scrapbook will constitute 30% of your final grade, and the test will also constitute 20% of your final grade. For the second unit, you will keep a scrapbook of assigned exercises, and write a paper on a topic to be decided by you and your instructor(s). The scrapbook will constitute 20%, and the written paper 20%. The remaining 10% will be used to evaluate class participation, a possible final examination or oral presentation, and other assignments.

Schedule of Topics and Reading Assignments Objectives and Expectations




20-24 Jan
Introduction; Sources & Citations
27-31 Jan

Case Study I -- World War I: Total War

Background to World War I
Wiesner, "The Problem," World War I: Total War, pp. 290-292
3-7 Feb
The War Fronts
Wiesner, "The Evidence," World War I: Total War, pp. 298-312
10-14 Feb
The War Fronts (cont.)
"All Quiet on the Western Front"
17-21 Feb
The Home Front
Wiesner, "The Evidence," World War I: Total War, pp. 313-319
24-28 Feb
The End of the War--War Costs & Effects
Wiesner, "The Evidence," World War I: Total War, pp. 320-321
3-7 Mar

Mid-Term Examination/Assessment

10-14 Mar

Spring Break!!

17-21 Mar

Case Study II -- Selling a Totalitarian System

The Inter-War Years Wiesner, "The Problem," Chapter Thirteen: Selling a Totalitarian System, pp. 358-363
24-28 Mar The Inter-War Years (cont.)  
31 Mar-2 Apr Fundamental Strategies Wiesner, "The Evidence," Chapter Thirteen: Selling a Totalitarian System, pp. 367-371
7-11 Apr Nazi Propaganda Techniques Wiesner, "The Evidence," Chapter Thirteen: Selling a Totalitarian System, pp. 372-381
14-18 Apr Nazi Propaganda Techniques (cont.)  
21-25 Apr Movie: "Triumph of the Will"  
28 Apr-2 May The Impact of Nazi Methods Wiesner, "The Evidence," Chapter Thirteen: Selling a Totalitarian System, pp. 381-384
5-9 May The Japanese Model  
12 May Review  
14 May Final Examination Wednesday from 1015 to 1215  

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