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Module

HIS3135 : The Nazi New Order in Europe

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Tim Kirk
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

By the late spring of 1940 a Nazi victory seemed both inevitable and imminent and the continent faced a future dominated by Nazism. Despite the multiplicity of ambitious proposals from all different quarters (politicians and intellectuals, SS and military, businessmen and bureaucrats), there was no master plan for the political and economic restructuring of Europe. This special subject explores both the ideology and propaganda and the political and economic realities of the short-lived Nazi new order in Europe. The module will be taught in twelve three-hour seminars, each comprising a session dealing with the subject for that week and a session looking at the documentary sources.

The aim is to locate the putative Nazi new order in the broader context of European history and politics, and specifically in relation to developments such as the rise of European fascism between the wars, resurgent critiques of liberalism in the wake of the Depression, and models of European integration. We shall be looking at a range of documents, including political pamphlets, press reports and propaganda; legislation, decrees and constitutional documents; diaries, eye-witness accounts and memoirs.

Outline Of Syllabus

Themes will include:

The concept of a new European order
Political structures in occupied Europe
Germany, Nazism and the European economy
Economic migration and slave labour
Fascist social ideologies and European society
The Nazis’ new racial order and the Holocaust in European perspective
Collaboration and resistance
The new cultural order
Propaganda and public opinion in Nazi Europe
Allied responses and alternatives to Nazi Europe

The module will be taught in twelve three-hour sessions, each of which will be divided between the historical context and historiography of the week’s theme in the first part and the analysis of documents in the second.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable