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Volk, Steven S. – History Teacher, 2013
For the author, teaching history has become a double challenge: to help students understand both "History" (the narrative crafted by the historian, based on documentation, supported by previous scholarship, and bound together through logical argument) and "history" (the real events that occupied real lives that are largely…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Democracy, Student Journals, Historians
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Karn, Alexander – History Teacher, 2012
Most teachers hope to make a difference in the lives of their students, but whether they accomplish this with any regularity is often left unclear. With a topic like the Holocaust, the stakes are greatly raised. In this essay, the author discusses the place of the Holocaust in the liberal arts. He argues that the content of Holocaust education…
Descriptors: Jews, Historians, Liberal Arts, Epistemology
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Lindquist, David H. – History Teacher, 2012
Examining history from the perspective of investigators who wrestle with involved scenarios for which no simple answers exist, or from which no obvious conclusions can be drawn, allows students to understand the historiographic process and the complex nature of historical events, while gaining valuable practice in applying analytical and critical…
Descriptors: Jews, Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Conolly-Smith, Peter – History Teacher, 2009
This paper seeks to explore the ways in which "lessons of history," in particular the "Munich analogy," have been misconstrued in justification of United States armed intervention since the beginning of the Cold War. While the wisdom of a hawkish foreign policy is indeed one lesson of Munich--certainly as applied to World War…
Descriptors: War, Foreign Countries, Foreign Policy, World History
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Pagaard, Stephen – History Teacher, 2005
Students immediately think they understand this aspect of the Hitler regime, one in which the "Fuehrer" "says," or dictates, and his minions follow. Their usual view of Hitler assumes a tireless leader who works around the clock to supervise--through the secret state police (Gestapo) and other institution--every detail of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Historians, Authoritarianism, Police
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Hutton, Patrick – History Teacher, 2000
Focuses on the relationship between memory and history in historiography. Addresses research in three broad areas: (1) the relationship between collective memory and national identity; (2) the memory of the Holocaust and the issue of narrative; and (3) the debate called the "end of history." (CMK)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Genocide, Higher Education, Historians
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Goddu, Andre – History Teacher, 1983
Three issues of a quarterly journal published in Germany, which contains articles, examples, discussions, reviews, and news concerning pedagogical theories and techniques for teachers of history, are examined. One of the journal's editors would like to exchange information, trends, articles, and reports with the "History Teacher." (RM)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Content Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Schwartz, Donald – History Teacher, 1990
Explores the rationale for including the Holocaust in the social studies curriculum and analyzes how aspects can be introduced at elementary grade levels. Outlines course objectives for studying the Holocaust that are relevant to major issues in social studies. Notes 34 states do not require world history courses and textbook content is uneven.…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnocentrism
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Fritz, Stephen G. – History Teacher, 1990
Examines the influence of Karl Marx's writings on Adolf Hitler, and asks whether there was a causal nexus between Russian and Nazi atrocities. Uses primary sources as a method for historical comparison. Compares Hitler's writings on antisemitism with those of Marx. (NL)
Descriptors: Anti Semitism, European History, Foreign Countries, Genocide
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Diehl, James M. – History Teacher, 1989
Analyzes how Germans viewed defeat after the two world wars, and how these perceptions influenced subsequent political developments. Compares questions of guilt and responsibility following the two wars. Examines the growth of democracy, its defeat after World War I, and success after World War II. Discusses the influences of the occupation…
Descriptors: Democracy, European History, History, International Crimes
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Langdon, John W. – History Teacher, 1986
Examines studies of Fritz Fischer's works (1961 and 1969) concerning Germany's responsibility for World War I and the influence of this work upon later interpretations. Presents an integrated interpretation of the causes of the war based upon recent research findings. (RKM)
Descriptors: European History, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Historiography
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Kalfus, Richard – History Teacher, 1990
Analyzes primary document from German Holocaust period in which German bureaucrats described in euphemistic terms the murder of the Jews. Illustrates how the document can be used as a teaching aid by having students replace the euphemisms using words with their intended meaning, and reading it aloud in class. References include sources of…
Descriptors: Anti Semitism, Assignments, Class Activities, College Students
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Balsamo, Larry T. – History Teacher, 1991
Discusses the state of Germany's armed forces in World War II. Describes Germany's progress from inferior weaponry and unprepared military at the beginning of the war to superior weapons and fighting. Stresses heavy German dependence on horse drawn supply. Credits Germany's defeat to human attrition accelerated by Hitler's operational leadership.…
Descriptors: Armed Forces, European History, Flight Training, Foreign Countries
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Milton, Sybil – History Teacher, 1991
Discusses the treatment of Gypsies and the handicapped by Nazi Germany. Emphasizes that Gypsy populations were decimated in the same percentages as the Jews. Presents information and dates to show parallel developments of racial regulations against Jews, Gypsies, and the handicapped. Urges further research and historiography on the fate of Gypsies…
Descriptors: Anti Semitism, Disability Discrimination, European History, Foreign Countries