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The History and Historiography of the Holocaust


Value: two units


Professor Dan Stone


Taught through weekly two-hour seminars and supervisions of dissertation through a series of 1-to-1 meetings


Taught unit: Oral Assessment (10%), 3-hour Exam (90%); dissertation unit: 10,000-word dissertation (100%)

NB Not to be taken in conjunction with Group 2 course unit: HS2296 Genocide

This is an unusual Group 3 course in that its range of primary source material is very broad. Term 1 builds a conventional chronological narrative of the Holocaust, with students learning about the major events, such as the rise of Nazism and anti-Semitism, ghettoisation and the development of the genocide process. The peculiarities of the Hungarian case, as well as resistance, are also examined. Term 2, however, broadens the course by encouraging students to think of the fierce debates in Holocaust historiography as being as important for our understanding of the events as 'historical study'. Hence, as well as using testimonies, diaries, literature, and photographs as historical evidence, several weeks are devoted to examining key historiographical debates, in order to help students understand the very real political stakes involved in writing about the Holocaust.


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