History | WORLD WAR II: THE PEOPLES
W300 | 2930 | Madison
1:00-2:15P MW ED 1120
A portion of above section reserved for majors
Millions of people all over the world participated in World War II.
This course will study their lives as factory workers, propagandists,
soldiers, mothers, political leaders, and survivors. To understand
how the war changed their lives and the society in which people lived
we will look at war-time films, written documents, and propaganda
posters and at later writings, images, and monuments. We will focus
on life on the home front, on social and cultural issues, as much or
more than on military or diplomatic issues. We will certainly study
the American people but will pay larger attention to the
Japanese, Russian, German, French, British and other people whose
lives were so drastically affected by the largest war in human
We hope in the end to have a sense of how American war-time
experiences compared with those of other peoples and of ways in which
World War II changed ordinary people, nations, and the world of the
late twentieth century.
Students will read several books on the war and study several
web-sites and films. There will be a short out-of-class paper and
in-class and out-of-class exams. There is no prerequisite.