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October 31, 2015

A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Gerhard L. Weinberg, William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of History, Emeritus

This fall we bring to its conclusion Gerhard Weinberg’s popular series on individual nations during World War II. It’s fitting that we end with an in-depth look at Germany during World War II as that nation was the prime instigator of the conflict and Dr. Weinberg’s particular area of expertise. Participants will hear why another even more costly war followed so closely on the heels of the First World War, and explore Hitler’s revenge ideology and his rearmament of the Reich. We’ll review the brinksmanship of 1938-39 and the swift victories of the Nazi armies in the first years of the war before looking at the German home front, including the impact of bombing on civilians and the criminal Nazi acts against Jews, prisoners of war, and slave laborers. Dr. Weinberg will conclude with a look at the two-front war Germany waged in 1944-45 and the increasing desperation and intransigence of the Nazi leadership and the German people in the face of inevitable defeat.


Why another War? Hitler’s Foreign Policy and the Rebuilding of German Might

On the Edge of War and Over the Precipice, 1938-1940

The German Home Front and Atrocities

No November 1918: Germany’s Final Defeat


Gerhard L. Weinberg is the William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of History Emeritus. He is the world’s leading scholar of World War II, and author of the award-winning global history of the conflict, A World at Arms.

Time & Cost
9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, October 31, 2015. The tuition is $125 ($110 by September 3). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by September 3). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

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