An examination of the era of the Second World War from the rise of the revisionist powers in the early 1930s to the end of World War II. Emphasis is on the war in Europe and the Holocaust but the Pacific War is also treated.
Reviews should be six to ten pages in length and conform to the style of academic reviews. There is no cover page. Heading is the bibliographical information of the book. Text is double-spaced with one-inch margins and 12-point type, usually the default on your word processor. There should be no sub-headings. Your name should be at the end of your review. Good style and grammar are expected. Papers should follow the standards in Strunk and White Elements of Style..
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Communication and feedback
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Grading Criteria Rubric and Conversion:
Midterm Exam 100 points 25%
Final Exam: 100 points 25%
Book Review: 200 points 50%
Total: 400 points 100%
Final grades will be computed according to the following scale:
A = 90-100% (360-400 points)
B = 80-89% (320-359 points)
C = 70-79% (280-319 points)
D = 60-69% (240-279 points)
F = 59-0% (240-0 points)
Jan 13 Introduction,
Jan 15 Legacy of World War I
Jan 20 MLK Day
Jan 22 Rise of Dictators
Jan 27 Rise of Dictators
Jan 29 Rising Sun
Feb 3 Military Developments, Munich
Feb 5 Blitzkrieg und Sitzkrieg
Feb 10 Norway
Feb 12 Battle for France
Feb 17 Battle of Britain
Feb 19 Barbarossa
Feb 24 Moscow
Feb 26 Holocaust
Mar 3 Pearl Harbor
Mar 5 Midterm Exam, Multiple Choice will cover Lyons Chapters 1 to 12.
Mar 10 Spring Break
Mar 12 Spring Break
Mar 17 Coral Sea – Midway - Guadalcanal
Mar 19 Stalingrad
Mar 24 Torch
Mar 26 Sicily - Italy
Mar 31 Italy
April 2 Air War
April 7 Battle of the Atlantic
April 9 D-Day,Normandy
April 14 Leyte Gulf
April 16 The Bulge
April 21 Kursk
April 23 Battle for Berlin
April 28 End of the Reich
April 30 Collapse of Japan
May 5 Final Exam, Lyons 13-26. Literature Review Due by 11:59
Note: Although it is unlikely, the instructor may make modifications to this syllabus at any time.
Michael Sherry. The Rise of American Air Power.
Eric Larrabee, Commander in Chief. NY: Harper and Row, 1987
Millett and Murray. Calculations. NY: Free Press, 1992
Gordon Prange. At Dawn We Slept
Gerhard Weinberg. A World at Arms
Nathan Miller. War at Sea. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press.
Samuel Eliot Morrison. Two Ocean War
B.H. Liddell Hart. History of the Second World War. Putnam
Spector The Eagle Against the Sun
Keegan The Second World War.
John Costello The Pacific War
Buell EJ King
Antony Beevor Stalingrad
Cornelius Ryan Bridge too Far, Longest Day, Last Battle
Alan Clark Barbarossa
Alistair Horne To Lose a Battle
Doughty Seeds of Disaster
Michael Howard Mediterranean Strategy in the Second World War
Manstein Lost Victories
Overy The Air War
Clay Blair Silent Victory
Black World War II: A Military History
Alistair Horne To Lose a Battle
Earnest May Strange Victory
David Glantz When Titans Clashed
Chris Bellamy Absolute War
Antony Beevor Stalingrad
Antony Beevor Fall of Berlin, 1945
Antony Beevor DDay
Max Hastings Overlord
Rick Atkinson An Army At Dawn (any of his trilogy)
Veranov The Third Reich at War
Citino Death of the Wehrmacht, The Quest for Decisive Victory, The Wehrmacht Retreats
Roberts Stalin’s General