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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "HS-RS 373 H"
COURSE NAME: "A World at Arms: The Second World War - HONORS (This course carries 4 semester hours of credits. A minimum CUM GPA of 3.5 is required) "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Luca De Caprariis
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 11:30-12:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Junior Standing; Corequisite: EN 110
OFFICE HOURS: W: 11:30-12:15; T, Th: 4:15: 5:30

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
History Research Seminar: 300-level history courses designated by the prefix HS-RS indicate courses being offered as Research Seminars. These courses are writing-intensive and help to train students to carry out original research by guiding them through the preparation of a significant research paper. History majors are encouraged to take these before their senior year, and especially before the semester in which they prepare their thesis.
This course examines the history of the Second World War in its worldwide dimension. Considerable attention will be given to the political, economic, and ideological determinants of German, Italian, and Japanese expansionism. The military strategies and the political, social, and economic dimension of the conflict will be analyzed in detail. The course also examines the war’s impact on civilian populations, collaboration and resistance, and the economics of the war.

Satisfies "Modern History" core course requirement for History majors.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
There will be two class meetings per week. Lectures will be followed by questions and discussion.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Students should develop an understanding of the origins and the course of the Second World War and of the forces that determined its outcome.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Hitler's War Aims: Ideology, the Nazi State abd the Course of ExpansionNorman RichW. W. Norton & Company978-0393008029  
The Economics of World War IIMark Harrison, ed.Cambridge University Press978-0521785037  
Mussolini Unleashed: Politics and Strategy in Fascist Italy's Last WarMacGregor KnoxCambridge University Press978-0521338356  
Japanese Imperialism 1894-1945W. G. BeasleyClarendon Paperbacks978-0198221685  
A War to Be Won: Fighting the Second WorldWilliamson Murray, Allan Reed MilletHarvard University Press978-0674006805  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
midterm examessay exam: students will answer two essay questions25%
final examinationessay exam: students will answer two essay questions35%
paperAll students will write a 12 page paper. In addition, student taking the course for honors will write an additional 8-page essay35%
in class participation  5%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the cours
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Attendance is mandatory. Students should keep their mobile phones turned off during lecture. You may use your laptop to take notes, but you are not allowed to surf the web during class. Should you fail to follow these rules I will ban laptops from classroom altogether.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Schedule of topics

Introduction and Overview.
The roots of the conflict in Europe:  

Versailles and the end of European Supremacy.  Rich: 3-77.

II. Hitler’s World View. The Nazi Seizure of Power. Rich: 3-77.  

III. Fascist Italy in the nineteen thirties: Mussolini’s Drive for Empire.  Knox: 3-43.

The roots of the conflict in the Pacific:

The Emergence of Japanese expansionism.  Beasley: 1-100.  

II. China and Japan.  Beasley: 101-121  

III. Manchukuo. Beasley: 122-141; 175-197; MM: 143-168. 

Appeasement and Isolationism: Europe and Asia: 1934-1938. Beasley: 198-219; Rich: 81-89.  

Hitler’s First Strikes: Austria, Sudetenland and the destruction of Czechoslovakia. Rich: 90-120; MM: 1-17.

War in Europe. The “Strange Defeat:” the Fall of France. The Battle of Britain.  Rich 121-164; MM: 44-90; Knox 44-133. 

Mussolini’s “Parallel War.”  Rich 165-203; MM: 91-109; Knox: 134-230.

“Barbarossa:” Hitler’s attack on Russia. Rich 204-223; MM: 110-142. 

The Road to Pearl Harbor. The Japanese offensive in the Pacific. Beasley: 220-232;  Rich: 224-250.  

The Japanese “Southern Advance” to Midway.  MM 169-195: Beasley: 220-232.

27    Midterm examination 

The Pacific War to Mid-1944. Beasley: 233-250;  MM: 196-233.

The Battle of the Atlantic. MM: 234-261.

North Africa and the downfall of Mussolini’s Regime.   MM 262-303; Knox: 231-285.

Economy and the Home fronts: Daily Life and Social Change during the Conflict. I. Germany and Italy.  Harrison: 122-223.

II. Britain and the Commonwealth. The United States.  Harrison 43-121.

III. The Soviet Union. Harrison 268-301.

IV. Japan.  Harrison 224-267.

Vichy France.   

The Final Solution. Browning.  

Stalingrad and the Eastern Front to 1944.  MM 273-303.

Mass Bombing.  MM 304-335.

Islands' Hopping: Offensive in the Pacific. MM 336-373.

D Day and the end of the War in Europe.  MM: 373-483

The Final Offensive in the Pacific and the Atomic Bomb. MM: 484-526.