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Prof. Marcuse, April 2004 Harold Marcuse, October 2010

(current office hours also under news, below; CV)

Associate Professor (Ph.D., Univ. of Michigan, 1992)
Fields: Modern German History & Public History

Department of History, University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9410
Tel: no office phone; Fax (805) 893-7671

email: marcuse@history.ucsb.edu

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News (last updated Nov. 11, 2015)
(see also page with archived old news; visitor statistics & guestbook at bottom)

  • Oct. 2, 2015: Fall 2015 "Digital History" seminar homepage created, rudimentary, but with syllabus (2-page pdf with hyperlinks)
  • Sept. 26, 2015: Fall 2015 office hours are Mondays & Wednesdays, 3-4pm.
  • June 13, 2015: I published a short text and a few photos about the student-initiated and curated exhibition "We Remember: Acts of Love and Compassion in Isla Vista" on edhat.com. I've been trying to get "official" UCSB to sponsor the exhibition and allow it to continue beyond its short run of 20 opening days until the fall, so more students will have an opportunity to see it. Unfortunately without success.
  • May 3, 2015: My Spring 2015 Office Hours are Mondays & Wednesdays, 2-3pm (but not on May 13 or 20) .
  • Apr. 22, 2015: I'll be giving a talk at the Univ. of Arizona, Tucson: "Hitler: The Sources of Myths and Facts." My first public talk drawing from my Hitler reception history research. Blurb:
    Did Hitler have “Jewish blood” (ancestry)? Who thought so? Why? Did his family life predispose him towards violent behavior? Who explained Hitler that way, and why? When did he become an anti-semite? Was he always? What did make him that way? In this lecture Prof. Marcuse will examine several  widely circulating beliefs about Adolf Hitler. The goal is not so much to debunk the myths, but to show when, where, why, from whom,  and how the myths changed over time, and what efforts historians made to find sources that shed light on their veracity.
    • May 2015: video of talk published on youtube (77 views on 6/20/15)
  • Feb. 23, 2015: New York Times staff reporter Eric Lichtblau has been promoting his 2014 book Nazis as Neighbors on a book tour and in interviews, and in the Times itself with a number of distortions, exaggerations and flat-out lies about the conditions in which Jewish DPs lived in the years after liberation in spring 1945. The Times did not print my or other corrections to the article, so I turned to the scholars' network H-German, which inaugurated a blog with our comments. It took a good bit of time to set up, with list editor Kira Thurman posting my submission, as well as Atina Grossmann's, which includes responses by Abraham J. Peck and Rebecca Boehling..
    • I also tweeted about it today. (I tweet interesting articles I read as @German_History.)
      June 2015: I see that Lichtblau responded in a separate thread on March 31, 2015. I will respond to him soon--he, in my opinion, grossly distorts what I wrote.
  • 2014-2015 teaching schedule (last updated 5/3/15)
    • Fall 2014:
      Hist 2C: World History, 1700-present, TR 2-3:15pm (prof's website)
      Hist 2CH: Honors Section for 2C, taught by prof, W 3-3:50pm
                      Interested students should email me for an enroll code.
      Hist 500: For TAs of Hist 2c only
      Hist 194AH: History Senior Honors Thesis Seminar, M11-1 (1997-98 syllabus from when I previously taught this course; bibliography of UCSB theses 1981-97)
    • Winter 2015: Hist 194BH: History Senior Honors Thesis Seminar, M 11-2pm
                Hist 133D: The Holocaust and Other Genocides (website with previous course materials)
    • Spring 2015: no regular courses
    • Fall 2015: Graduate seminar on "Digital History" (Fridays, 10am-1pm in HSSB 4041)
                Hist 133A: Germany 1800-1914 (TR 2-3:15 in Arts 1349)
    • Winter 2016: Hist 133B: Germany 1900-1945
    • Spring 2016: Hist 133R: Undergraduate Research Seminar in German or Genocide History

Research Projects (see also Projects Index page) (back to top)

Research Narrative (back to top)

Spitzweg's "Scholar" , 1865
Carl Spitzweg, "Scholar," 1865

I would call the kind of history I do "reception history" (definition and quotations about it).
In April 2003 the UCLA Daily Bruin did a story on UC professors conducting research on Holocaust-related topics. It contains a short summary about my research. (Also syndicated nationally in PBS's Washington Week [2/2013: from web archive].)

  • Holocaust education in Germany, and the United StatesUses and effectiveness of technology in history educationHolocaust museums, memorials, and memorial sites Popular conceptions of the Nazi era in Germany, 1933-present New social movements in West Germany (esp. 1950s and 1960s) Oppositional movements in East Germany Dealing with the legacy of Stalinism in former East Germany (e.g. Abwicklung, Stasi, continuity of elites)
  • The role of formative historical experiences in creating "age cohorts" with commonalities of outlook

Selected publications (back to top)
(for a fuller listing with links to texts see my publications page)
Steine des Anstosses, cover 1985 exhibition about post-1945 monuments and memorials (German)
full illustrated version
Dachauer Hefte, volume 6 1990 history of Dachau, 1945-68
(in German)
draft w/o notes
Lessons and Legacies, volume 3 cover 1999 essay about aesthetics of Holo. memorials
draft w/o notes
Thumbnail of Legacies of Dachau: The Uses and Abuses of a Concentration Camp, 1933-2001 2001 monograph about Dachau, 1890-present
var. materials
Dachauer Hefte issue 19, cover 2003 essay about forgotten mass grave, 1949
text with notes
1968: The World Transformed 1998 essay about Holo in US, Germ., Isr.
text w/o notes

Courses (links go directly to course websites or syllabi; bold links are current courses) (back to top)

Lower Division

Upper Division

Honors & Graduate

Freshman Seminars

Survey Courses

German History

Holocaust History

(Reading, Research)

194h: Senior Honors Seminar;
199ra: Oral History Project

(genocides in hist, lit, film)
(4 hrs/wk)

(1 hr/wk)
Spr. 2009:
Hitler & Nazism,

World History

(Fall 2009)

(Hist 500)

Western Civ

(final time in 2000)


(Fall 2006)

(Winter 2009)

(Spring 2007)


(no prereq.s)
(Fall 2005)


(Winter 2010)


(Winter 2010)


(Spring 2009)

CompLit 184ee
(genocides in hist, lit, art)

200e: Readings in German History, 1800-present

201e: Readings on special topics (Germany, memory)
(Winter 2007)

233ab [or 217bc]: 20 week graduate research seminar
(next offering 2011?)

See also the UCSB General Catalog listing of history courses; currently scheduled history courses.
With some reservations I offer a link to the Prof. Marcuse page at RateMyProfessors.com.

Personal background (back to top)

  • my CV is the standard roadmap of my academic life.
  • I put together a page of notes about myself that conference panel chairs can use to introduce me before public presentation. (updated 6/09)
  • in Jan. 2005 I made a "personal page" at www.marcuse.org

Archived Guestbook Entries, 1999-2006
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page created Nov. 1997 (web archive has versions starting Dec. 1998); last updated: see news at top.
mailto: marcuse@history.ucsb.edu