This course examines the rise and fall of Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler, beginning with the devastation of World War I through the battles of World War II and finally to Germany’s defeat by Allied forces in 1945. Over the term, we will consider the historical, social, economic, and political factors that contributed to the Nazi party’s rise and downfall. Particular focus is on Nazism's impact on German society, individual vs. group responsibility, and to underpinning ideologies such as fascism, anti-Semitism, social Darwinism and eugenics.