History | Twentieth Century Europe
H720 | 28357 | Roos
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
This seminar is designed to help students identify a research topic
and write a 25-30 page research paper on the topic of their choice.
The goal is to produce a research paper that can provide the basis
of a future publishable article. In the first part of the course, we
will focus on recent scholarly books and articles on twentieth-
century Europe representative of important analytical approaches to
the study of war, memory, race, class, gender, and genocide. During
this time, students are asked to specify in greater detail their own
research topic and questions. We will explore different approaches
to the composition of articles and different types of sources used.
In subsequent weeks, the reading load will be reduced to make time
for writing. A section of the course will consist of one-on-one
meetings for the discussion of weekly progress reports. Students
will conclude the semester with an in-class presentation showcasing
their research. Students intending to take this course are
encouraged to think about a research topic ahead of time and are
welcome to contact the instructor with any questions they might have
about the course and/or their research project. This course operates
on the basis of a broad conception of twentieth-century Europe, and
students focusing on aspects of Eastern European history are welcome
to join us.
Some of the books we will read include: Richard S. Fogarty, "Race &
War in France: Colonial Subjects in the French Army, 1914-1918";
Dagmar Herzog, "Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-
Century Germany"; and Norman M. Naimark, "Fires of Hatred: Ethnic
Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe."
Grade components: Participation and progress reports: 30 percent;
research paper: 70 percent.