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Week 12 - The Folk Community

Seminar Questions:

  • What was the folk community and how did it play out in Germany of the 1930s?
  • How did the Third Reich overcome the economic crisis?
  • How does the study of everyday life affect our understanding of Germany under the Nazis?

Reading List:

Required Reading:

Further Reading:

  • Jill Stephenson, "Inclusion: Building the National Community in Propaganda and Practice" in Jane Caplan (ed.), Nazi Germany (OUP, 2008), pp. 99-121
  • Götz Aly, ‘Final Solution’: Nazi Population Policy and the Murder of the European Jews, trans. Belinda Cooper and Allison Brown (Arnold, 1999).
  • Götz Aly, Peter Chroust, and Christian Pross, Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene, trans. Cooper (Johns Hopkins UP, 1994).
  • Frank Bajohr, "The “Folk Community” and the Persecution of the Jews: German Society under National Socialist Dictatorship, 1933–1945," Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Fall 2006) 20 (2), pp. 183-206.
  • Gisela Bock, ‘Racism and Sexism in Nazi Germany: Motherhood, Compulsory Sterilization, and the State’ in Bridenthal, Grossmann, and Kaplan (eds.), When Biology became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany, (Monthly Review Press, 1984), pp. 271-296. (CE)
  • Michael Burleigh and Wolfgang Wippermann, The Racial State 1939-1945 (Cambridge UP, 1991).
  • Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich in Power (2005)
  • Saul Friedländer, Nazi Germany and the Jews. Vol 1: The Years of Persecution, 1933-1939 (Wiedenfeld and Nicolson, 1997)
  • Anita Grossmamm, 'Continuities and Ruptures. Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Germany: Historiography and its Discontents' in Karen Hagemann and Jean H. Quataert (eds.), Gendering Modern German History: Rewriting Historiography (Berghahn, 2008), pp. 208-227 (especially pp. 215-219)
  • William W. Hagen, 'The Three Horseman of the Holocaust: Anti-Semitism, East European Empire, Aryan Folk Community' in Helmut Walser Smith (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History (OUP, 2012)
  • Dagmar Herzog (ed.), Special issue of Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 11, no. 2 (2002). Also available as Dagmar Herzog (ed.), Sexuality and German fascism (Berghahn, 2005)
  • Samuel Koehne, 'Were the National Socialists a Völkisch Party? Paganism, Christianity, and the Nazi Christmas', Central European History, Volume 47, Issue 04 (2014), pp. 760-790

  • Claudia Koonz, Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, the Family, and Nazi Politics (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987).
  • Tim Mason, ‘The Domestic Dynamics of Nazi Conquests: A Response to Critics’, in Childers and Caplan (eds.), Reevaluating the Third Reich (Holmes & Meier, 1993), pp. 161-189.
  • Francis R. Nicosia and Jonathan Huener, Medicine and Medical Ethics in Nazi Germany: Origins, Practices, Legacies (Berghahn Books, 2002).
  • Robert N. Proctor, Racial Hygiene: Medicine under the Nazis (Harvard UP, 1988).
  • Benjamin Sax and Dieter Kuntz, Inside Hitler’s Germany: A Documentary History of Life in the Third Reich (D.C. Heath & Co., 1992).
  • Adam Tooze, The wages of destruction : the making and breaking of the Nazi economy (Allen Lane, 2006)
  • Michael Wildt , Hitler's Volksgemeinschaft and the Dynamics of Racial Exclusion: Violence Against Jews in Provincial Germany, 1919-1939 (New York: Berghahn, 2012).

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