World War II at Home: Politics, Society, and Culture in Europe, 1939-1945
Presented under the auspices of the Roger Boas Chair in Global History and World Affairs:
This course investigates what it was like to live in war-torn Europe during the costliest conflict in the history of mankind. It covers the entire European homeland range of experience: belligerent nations and neutrals; Axis-occupied regions and those that escaped this fate. There will also be extensive comparison to the scene in the USA. Moving from case to case, we explore which nations turned out to be the most effective in homefront-mobilization and why; the issues, in the occupied regions, surrounding resistance and collaboration; and finally the longer-term legacies of this seminal experience in the history of our modern era.
David Clay Large
David Clay Large obtained a Ph.D. in History from U.C. Berkeley in 1974. He has taught at Berkeley, Smith College, Montana State University, and Yale University, where he was also a college dean (Pierson College). A specialist on modern Western and Central Europe, Large has published some twelve books on such topics as West German rearmament in the Adenauer era, Wagnerism in European politics and culture, urban studies (histories of Munich and Berlin), immigration politics during the Holocaust, the German-hosted Olympic Games (1936 and 1972), and the Grand Spa-towns of Central Europe. The German edition of his Berlin book, Biographie einer Stadt, was a Der Spiegel bestseller and a source for the popular TV series Berlin Babylon. He has appeared frequently as a “talking head” in NBC and PBS documentaries on the Olympic movement and on German television as an expert commentator on the histories of Munich and Berlin. Currently, he offers courses through the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and serves as a Senior Fellow at U.C. Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies. He is also codirector of Berkeley’s Austrian Studies Program.