History | World War II: The Peoples
W325 | 24936 | Madison
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
Above section meets with another section of W325
To enroll in this class see HIST-BE 325 (block must be AUTH)
Above section reserved for teacher certification social studies
students. Enrollment in other History and Education courses is
required. Contact Dorothy Slota, Education 1064 for online
authorization and information.
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 this is a
world history course, so we will also pay large attention to the
Japanese, Russian, German, French, British and other peoples whose
lives were so drastically affected by the largest and most brutal
war in human history.
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 a general book on the war and several specialized
readings, study several web sites, and view several films. There
will be in-class and out-of-class writing. There is no prerequisite.