Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Experiencing the Second World War

Instructor: Ted Uldricks

This seminar will introduce students to the political, diplomatic, military, economic and social dimensions of World War II in its European, African, North American, Pacific and China theatres. Special attention will be paid to the experience of ordinary people (GIs, POWs, defense plant workers, homemakers, students, ethnic cleansing victims, etc.) in the war. Each student will prepare a research paper on some aspect of ordinary people at war.

Reading List:

Bartov, Omer

The Eastern Front, 1941-45, German Troops and the Barbarisation of Warfare

Dower, John

War without Mercy: Race & Power in the Pacific War

Fussell, Paul


Goldhagen, Daniel

Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

Levi, Primo

Survival at Auschwitz

Sledge, E.B.

With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa

*television-interactive course originating at UNC-Asheville and transmitted to UNC-Wilmington via NCREN.

UNC-Wilmington enrollment limited to 12 students

Dr. Uldricks is Professor of History and Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at UNC-Asheville. He earned an A.B. in history at UC-Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Russian history from Indiana University. His published research has covered the Russian revolutions of 1917, Soviet foreign policy, and the Second World War. He is currently completing a book on Interpreting the Second World War.

Last Update: February 10, 2017