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How the World Changed in 1940: Nazi Expansion and the Global Crisis of World War II *SOLD OUT*

February 1, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 3:45 pm

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A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Gerhard L. Weinberg

FEBRUARY 1 9:30 am–3:45 pm

The European military campaigns of the Second World War began in Poland in September 1939, but the violence in Western Europe developed slowly enough to be called a “phony war.” This quietness on the western front ended abruptly in the spring of 1940, as German armies swept across every country from Denmark to France. These events changed the course of the war by launching Germany’s brutal occupation of most European countries, generating new air and land battles that transformed all of the belligerent nations, and provoking America’s eventual entry into
the anti-Nazi military alliance. Join distinguished scholar Gerhard Weinberg on the 80th anniversary of this global crisis as he interprets traumatic events that continued to influence European, Asian, and American societies long after the Nazi regime was finally destroyed.


  • Germany Victorious: Denmark, Norway, Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and France
  • Italy Joins Germany in the War
  • Germany Defeated: The Battle of Britain
  • Germany Decides to Attack the Soviet Union and Promises to Join Japan in War Against the United States

Gerhard L. Weinberg is the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of History Emeritus. He is an internationally known expert on all aspects of World War II and author of numerous books, including the comprehensive, award-winning masterwork A World at Arms: A Global
History of World War II.


9:00am-3:45pm, Saturday, February 1. The tuition is $125 ($115 until January 23). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($57.50 until January 23). 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 on Saturday is $15.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

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

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 2-3 weeks before the program date. 


February 1, 2020
9:30 am - 3:45 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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