This course will cover World War II in the European Theater. We will begin with considering why Germany became such a threat to the world, and how that led to two world wars. We will then cover the war on land, at sea, and in the air, from North Africa, to the USSR, and in Western Europe. The course, however, will be more than just military history. We will cover the competing ideologies of communism and fascism, and how they influenced military action. We will also spend some time on the economic capacities of both sides and how they marshaled, or did not marshal their resources. We will also cover how Hitler’s empire treated its subject nations and peoples. Finally, we shall see how decisions made during the war shaped the conflict between liberal capitalism and communism in the post-war period. I will also offer several “movie nights” where docudramas about the war will be shown. So far, if I can get the room, I intend to show The Battle of Britain, Sink the Bismarck, Stalingrad, Das Boot,, 12 o’clock High, and The Longest Day. Lecture (plus Questions); Viewing Videos
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