This course will survey one of the major political sensations of the twentieth-century, so-called totalitarian dictatorship. Two dictators in particular—Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin—were to blame for the death of millions of people and the resettlement of millions more. Our class will focus on trying to understand the larger history of this period and will attempt to grapple with how people coped and suffered under Hitler and Stalin. In addition to a historical overview, we will cover some major theories behind this phenomenon and will examine scholarship that covers the experiences of ordinary people from the 1930s until the 1950s.
Spring 2020 Session C
Dr. Robert Niebuhr