Persecution, Repression and Resistance - HI6032

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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5 30 (15)







What were the experiences of 'outsiders' who did not conform to Nazi ideals? What was it like to live in an occupied country during the Second World War? This course, which is structured in two parts, examines both Germany during the Third Reich and Vichy France under German occupation. Themes to be addressed include: the persecution of Jews, Roma and Sinti, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals and those with impairments; pro- and anti-natalist policies; the concentration camp system; German resistance; the fall of France; Vichy collusion; popular collaboration; French resistance; and the Liberation.


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Contact hours

This module will be taught through one 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour seminar each week, with the exception of Enhancement Week and one week that will be dedicated to coursework feedback.

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by:

- Essay 1 (3,000 words) – 20%
- Essay 2 (3,000 words) – 20%
- Examination (2 hrs) – 60%

Indicative reading

• Dan Stone (ed.) The Historiography of the Holocaust
• Judith Tydor Baumel, Double Jeopardy: Gender and the Holocaust
• Michael Burleigh and W. Wipperman, The Racial State: Germany 1933– 1945
• Donald Kendrick & Grattan Puxon, Gypsies Under the Swastika
• M. James Penton, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Third Reich: Sectarian Politics Under Persecution
• Richard Plant, The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals
• Jill Stephenson, Women in Nazi Germany

• Peter Davis, France and the Second World War: Occupation, Collaboration and Resistance
• Richard Vinen, The Unfree French: Life under the Occupation
• Robert Gildea, Marianne in Chains: In Search of the German Occupation, 1940-1945
• Julian Jackson, France: The Dark Years, 1940-1944
• Gerhard Hirschfeld & Patrick Marsh, (eds.), Collaboration in France: Politics and Culture During the Nazi Occupation, 1940-1944
• Matthew Cobb, The Resistance: The French Fight Against the Nazis
• Henry Rousso, The Vichy Syndrome: History and Memory in France Since 1944
• Hanna Diamond, Women and the Second World War in France, 1939-1948: Choices and Constraints

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:

- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the themes of persecution, repression and resistance;
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge and critical understanding of some of the historiographical debates surrounding the subject and be well positioned to judge between competing interpretations of this era;
- Formulate their own opinions on a variety of historiographical approaches, demonstrate effective communication skills and present clear historical arguments supported with relevant evidence;
- Engage with selected representations, drawn from a range of primary source materials including official documents, filmic representations, posters, autobiographies, diaries and oral histories;
- Engage with a range of secondary source materials including articles and monographs and have practised selecting and deploying historical information.

The intended subject specific learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:

- Demonstrate effective communication skills and information technology skills.
- Express complex ideas and arguments effectively.

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