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1. Historical Debates
About this Lecture
In this module, we look at some of the key historical debates that historians have tackled in relation to Nazi persecution and the Holocaust. In particular, we look at: (i) why the Holocaust began in Germany and not elsewhere?; (ii) is the Holocaust unique? Or is it comparable to other mass genocides in history?; (iii) an examination of the intentionalist vs. structuralist/functionalist debate; (iv) the debates around the nature of German society in the 1930s, including debates over coercion and consent, popular opinion, and the Volksgemeinschaft; and (v) the recent development of perpetrator research which expanded the range of actors who perpetrated the Holocaust, including looking at those who were ideologically motivated and also those that were motivated by other factors.
In this course, Professor Mary Fulbrook (UCL) examines Nazi Persecution and the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. In the first module, we look at some of the key historical debates that historians have tackled in relation to Nazi persecution and the Holocaust. After this, we look at the first phase of Nazi persecution from 1933 to 1937. From then, we look at the second phase of Nazi persecution in the period 1938 to 1941. The penultimate module, looks at the third and final phase of Nazi persecution in the period 1942 to 1945. The final module, looks at the impact of Nazi persecution in the years after the war.
Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at University College London (UCL). She specialises religion and society in early modern Europe, the German dictatorships of the twentieth century, Europe during and after the Holocaust, and historiography and social theory. Her work has included A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust (Oxford 2012), and Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice (Oxford 2018) which won the 2019 Wolfson History Prize and was a finalist for the 2019 Cundill Prize.
Cite this Lecture
Fulbrook, M. (2022, July 04). Germany – Persecution and the Holocaust, 1933-45 - Historical Debates [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/germany-persecution-and-the-holocaust-1933-45/historical-debates
Fulbrook, M. "Germany – Persecution and the Holocaust, 1933-45 – Historical Debates." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 04 Jul 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/germany-persecution-and-the-holocaust-1933-45/historical-debates