HIS332 World War II

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HIS 332 World War II


SP 2013 HO


Debra Sheffer


Associate Professor of History


PhD, University of Kansas: United States, Military History, Indigenous Peoples

Office Location

Mackay 20C

Office Hours

TR 11 AM - 12:45 PM

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

JAN 14 - MAY 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Credit Hours



Michael Howard.  The First World War: A Very Short Introduction.  Oxford University Press, 2007.  ISBN: 978-0199205592  Also available on digital download.

Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millett.  A War to be Won: Fighting the Second World War.  Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2001.  ISBN: 978-0674006805  Also available on digital download.

Doris L. Bergen.  War & Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust.  Second edition.  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009.  ISBN: 978-0-7425-5715-4

J. Samuel Walker.  Prompt & Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan, Revised edition, University of North Carolina Press, 2004.  ISBN: 978-0-8078-5607-9

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Course Description:
HIS 332 World War II: - This seminar studies World War IIs causes and course, the Holocaust, military technology, the home and fighting fronts, and the post-war reconstruction. The seminar examines the experience of combatants and non-combatants in the war's two major theaters as well as the experience of occupation and resistance. The seminar shall comprise and inquiry of period literature. (European/Classical Concentration) Offered as required. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the causes and examine the events of WWII
  2. Analyze the impact of technology on the war - using specific examples
  3. Examine personal experiences of the people involved - soldiers, civilians, prisoners
  4. Describe the post-war world and the legacies of World War II
Class Assessment:
Participation: submission of 25 questions and answers over the readings - 100 points

Midterm Exam: 100 points

Final Exam: 100 points

Pop Quizzes: 100 points

Historiographic Essay: 100 points

Participation: submission of 25 questions and answers over the readings - 100 points

Midterm Exam: 100 points

Final Exam: 100 points

Pop Quizzes: 100 points

Historiographic Essay: 100 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The student is responsible for meeting deadlines and will need to make any other arrangements with the professor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
We are in an academic environment and shall conduct ourselves accordingly.  I will be in class on time, prepared for the day's material.  I expect students to be in class on time, prepared for the day's material.  I will not use my cell phone in class, for talking, facebook, emailing, or texting.  I expect students to not use their cell phone in class, for talking, facebook, emailing, or texting.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Jan. 15: Course Introduction; Howard chapters 1, 2, 3: 1914

Jan. 17: Howard chapters 4, 5, 6: 1915, 1916, US entry

Jan. 22: Howard chapters 7, 8, 9: 1917, 1918, Settlement

Jan. 24: Murray and Millett Preface and chapter 1: Origins

Jan. 29: Murray and Millett chapter 2: Revolution in Military Operations, 1919-1939

Jan. 31: Murray and Millett chapters 3, 4: Germany

Feb. 5: Murray and Millett chapter 5: Mediterranean and Balkans, 1940-1941

Feb. 7: Murray and Millett chapter 6: Barbarossa

Feb. 12: Murray and Millett chapter 7: Origins of the Asia-Pacific War, 1919-1941

Feb. 14: Murray and Millett chapter 8: Japanese War of Conquest, 1941-1942

Feb. 19: Murray and Millett chapter 9: Asia-Pacific War, 1942-1944

Feb. 21: Murray and Millett chapter 10: Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1943

Feb. 26: Murray and Millett chapter 11: Germany, 1942

Feb. 28: Murray and Millett chapter 12: Combined Bomber Offensive, 1941-1945

Mar. 5: Murray and Millett chapter 13: Japanese Naval Power, 1943-1944: Midterm Exam

Mar. 7: Murray and Millett chapter 14: Killing Time, 1943-1944

Mar. 12 and 14: Spring break

Mar. 19: Murray and Millett chapter 15: Invasion of France, 1944

Mar. 21: Murray and Millett chapter 16: The End in Europe, 1944-1945

Mar. 26: Murray and Millett chapters 17, 18: The End in the PTO, 1945

Mar. 28: Murray and Millett chapter 19: Peoples at War, 1937-1945

Apr. 2: Murray and Millett chapter 20 and Epilogue: Aftermath

Apr. 4: Bergen Preface and chapter 1: Preconditions

Apr. 9: Bergen chapters 2, 3: Hitler and Nazi Germany: Historiographic Essay

Apr. 11: Bergen chapters 4, 5: Aggression and Brutality

Apr. 16: Bergen chapter 7: The Killing Years

Apr. 18: Bergen chapter 8 and Conclusion: Death and Legacies

Apr. 23: Walker Preface and chapters 1, 2, 3: The Most Terrible Weapon Ever Known

Apr. 25: Walker chapters 4, 5: Victory, Truman, and Potsdam

Apr. 30: Walker chapters 6, 7: Hiroshima and Nagasaki

May 2: Final review, end-of-course evaluations

May 6 – 10: Finals week







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  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
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  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
Students are responsible for materials for missed classes.  The professor will not provide materials for unexcused absences, nor will the professor provide make-up work for assignments and quizzes for unexcused absences.  The professor does not provide or accept extra credit work. If students are absent for deployment or for University activities, they must discuss the absence with the professor.

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