HIST3096: Global History of WWII

Ideology, Culture, Politics

Quiet and sunny London street

Instructor: Jeff Zalar

Location: Swift 708


This course examines the Second World War in its global contexts. It emphasizes the comprehensive impact of warfare not only on the battlefield, but also on the intellectual, cultural, and political life of belligerent states, above all Germany, the Soviet Union, Japan, and the United States. It attends to everyday life during the war, to the experience of women and children, and to the “barbarization of warfare” that led to the enslavement, murder, and genocide of millions of noncombatants. It addresses, finally, developments that portended the division of Europe and the world after 1945.

UHP group with flag in Normandy
Not only did I learn about all aspects of this terrible war, I learned how to communicate my thoughts and feelings more effectively.

Student Evaluation

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Students in front of l'Arc de Triomphe

Past Offerings

Versions of this course were also offered in the following semesters: