HIST7003 Dartmouth Course: Science and Medicine in Germany, 1933-45
Teacher: Richard Kremer
This course examines relationships among science, medicine and political culture by exploring the case of National Socialist Germany. It will consider, against the background of political change and then war, efforts to reconfigure the sciences on new ideological foundations, the nuclear and rocket projects, public health and ‘racial hygiene’, the social history of physicians and scientists, and the post-war legacies of ‘Nazi science and medicine’. Students will review both traditional interpretations, claiming that the Nazi regime ‘destroyed’ science and medicine, and more recent historiography that presents more complex and disquieting images of interactions between national Socialism and the natural sciences.
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