It is recommended that history majors complete History 200 before taking this class.
Note: History courses typically have heavy reading and writing loads. This class is no exception.
You will need these textbooks for the course:
A note about names: Asian personal names on this course site and in most of the readings (other than for Terkel’s The Good War, which is aimed at a general reading audience) appear surname (family name) first followed by personal name, except in the cases of Asian Americans or Asian scholars based in the West who publish in English.
You will prepare a source analysis on the readings for eight different lessons. Each source analysis will be worth 2 points, and lowest score will be thrown out.
The structure of these analyses should be as follows:
There are eight reading quizzes in the course. The questions are based on the assigned readings and the previous lecture.
The quizzes are open book and open note, but there is a strict time limit of 15 minutes—if you haven’t read and studied the material, you will not be able to pass the quiz.
You must receive a score of 70% or better on each quiz before you can continue to the next lesson. You will be able to retake each quiz as many times as you need to reach at least 70%.
A computer-graded map quiz will help ensure that you have a basic understanding of the necessary geography.
You will write a 3-page book dissection on Michael C. C. Adams’s The Best War Ever. Refer to the assignment page for full details.
You are required to write a 3-4 page essay analyzing a piece of fiction or two films about the Second World War. Refer to the assignment page for full details.
You are to complete a 5-6 page analysis of a primary source. Refer to the assignment page for full details.
You will complete two exams for the course:
Your course grade comes from your scores on these assignments and exams:
|8 Source Analysis Papers||14%|
|8 Reading Quizzes||14%|
|Fiction or Film Essay||7%|
|Primary Source Analysis Paper||15%|
Your letter grade will be based on this breakdown:
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