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LDST 101 - Kaufman: Leadership and the Humanities (Kaufman)

Dr. Peter Kaufman

Research Paper Analysis


Submit a well-researched, carefully composed analysis of some aspect of the rise of fascism in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. Please narrow the topic to keep it manageable and, if you wish, compare what you’ve researched in Germany to recent developments in Europe and the United States. Sample topics include: Nazism’s overtures to women, to business, to industrialists, or to youth; the Hitler cult; failures of the Weimar republic or the social democrats or the German communists; the leadership circle around Hitler (Goebbels or Göring); the scapegoating and prejudice; Nazism’s public relations (literature, Mein Kampf; film); the 1936 Olympics; the role of the paramilitary; Nazism’s peculiar brand of ethno-nationalism. Primary and secondary sources are available from course reserves, but use the data bases and bibliographies mentioned here to discover more. Be coherent; be creative; be brilliant. Use materials that are on the library's electronic and print reserves system and search the various library databases below for additional information.
Maximum: 2,500 words: place word count at the end of the paper.
Collaborative submissions welcome (no more than 5 on a “team”).
Due: noon, December 18th. Deposit in Peter’s mailbox, Jepson 126.
Full references in endnotes, footnotes, or bibliography.
Refer to the MLA or Chicago guide to format references.
Place your name(s) on the back of the last page.


Newspaper Databases and News websites

Citing Sources - Chicago Style

Background Information

Good places to start your research


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