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HISTORY 1FF3 Exploring Hist In Small Group

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Martin Horn

Email: mhorn@mcmaster.ca

Office: Chester New Hall 629

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 21602


Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-3:15, CNH 629

Course Objectives:

This course examines the conquest of France by the Germans in 1940.  It aims to introduce students to a complex historical problem through engagement with different kinds of material: historical scholarship, memoirs, and novels. 

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Philip Nord, France 1940: Defending the Republic (Available in the Campus Store)

Marc Bloch, Strange Defeat

Irène Némirovsky, Suite Française


Note: Neither Bloch nor Némirovsky have been ordered to the Campus Store.  Students may obtain copies of both through online retailers, bookstores, or libraries.  A Kindle or other e-book edition is fine.  Both Bloch and Némirovsky are available in this format.

Method of Assessment:



Participation                                                  35%

Article Summary                                           5%

Book Review (1 book)                                  15%

Book Review (2 books)                                 20%

Final Paper                                                    25%

Total                                                               100%

29 September – Article Summary due

20 October – Book Review (1 book) due

10 November – Book Review (2 books) due

8 December – Final Paper due, no class

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