This is a course blog. But it’s not your usual course blog. It’s a blog that recognizes that history matters. And it matters in and for our present and our future, just as much – and perhaps even more – than it deserves consideration as an academic field of inquiry in its own right.
So, this is a history utility blog.
As we study, read about and discuss the rise and fall of Weimar Democracy and the Third Reich, we will pay particular attention to the many QUESTIONS history raises – questions about people (individual and collectives), their social and political structures, their cultural forms of expressions, their environments, their hopes and fears, their science and their believes, their deeds and apathy, their ability to make sense of their own time and visions for their futures.
History doesn’t repeat itself. But some of the questions it raises will remain pertinent, will continue to require answers, will enable us to better understand the complexities of our own time. Do we recognize ourselves in the questions people posed in the past?
We will pay particular attention to questions about race and gender, about the environment, about power and energy, about global connections, about markets, labor and trade, about war and peace, about science and culture that have shaped societies then and continue to shape our own world. How can we think with the knowledge with gather from the past to better understand our present? How does our knowledge of the past help us to ask new questions that help us to respond to the present and shape our future?