Current Graduate Students
Modern German History, Public History
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1992
HSSB 4222 Spring 2013 Hours:
Tue. 3:30-4:30, Wed. 1-2
Phone: no office phone Fax: (805) 893-7671
In addition to the World History survey (2c: 1700-present), I teach upper division courses covering German history from 1800 to the present, including topical courses about the Nazi Holocaust, genocide and their legacies. My research focuses on how, since 1945, various groups have looked back on events in the Nazi period. In UCSB's graduate program I teach courses about museums and what is commonly called collective memory as well as on German history. (more...)
Research and Teaching Interests
- German History since 1945
In particular how Germans, since World War II, have viewed their history.
This is the primary area in which I train graduate students.
(See my grad info page for more information.)
- Public History (see also our Department Public History Program page)
Especially monuments and museums dedicated to events during the Nazi era (1933-1945), such as Auschwitz, Dresden or Stalingrad.
Several of my graduate students are also in this program.
- Reception History (see my Reception History page for more information)
I define it as "the history of the meanings that have been imputed to historical events. This approach traces the ways in which participants, observers, historians, and other retrospective interpreters have attempted to make sense of past events ..."
- Oral History (see, for example, my Holocaust Oral History Project website)
For nearly two decades I have been working with students on various oral history projects.
- "Hitler, the Dagger-Stab, and 'What if They Came for You': Icons of German History in the Twentieth Century."
A collection of reception history case studies, each showing how an event was portrayed while it transpired and how that portrayal has evolved since then.
- Das Erbe von Dachau (see my Dachau Page for more information)
A shorter, updated German-language version of my 2001 monograph Legacies of Dachau, which will include the redesign of the memorial site since 2003, as well as new research.
- The role of the Internet in the dissemination of historical knowledge
Right now I am not actively pursuing this project, but rather learning as much as I can about uses of technology in teaching. See this 2004 thesis paper.
- Legacies of Dachau: The Uses and Abuses of a Concentration Camp, 1933-2001
600 page book about the history and afterlife of the former concentration camp until its most recent redesign. (my Legacies of Dachau page)
- "Holocaust Memorials: The Emergence of a Genre," in: American Historical Review (Feb. 2010)
An AHR "forum" essay on representations of the Holocaust that traces the development of Holocaust memorials from 1943 to the 1960s. (25Mb pdf)
- Stones of Contention: National Socialism and Second World War in Monuments and Memorials, 1945-1985
32-page, richly illustrated booklet accompanying an exhibition that toured Germany from 1985 to 1992. (full book on-line)
- "The Revival of Holocaust Awareness in West Germany, Israel, and the United States," in: 1968: The World Transformed (Cambridge 1998), 421-
This essay examines how the Holocaust became a talked-about event in three countries in the 1960s. (full text)
- "Experiencing the Holocaust in Los Angeles: The Museum of Tolerance,", in:
on-line journal Other Voices, 2:1(2000)
- "Generational Cohorts and the Shaping of Popular Attitudes Towards the Holocaust," in: Remembering for the Future (2001), 652-663.
This essay summarizes the generation/cohort theory I develop at the beginning of chapter 12 of Legacies of Dachau. (text)
- "Reshaping Dachau for Visitors, 1933-2000," in: Horror and Human Tragedy Revisited: The Management of Sites of Atrocity for Tourism
(New York, 2005), 118-148. (presentation text)
- "History, War and Memory," in: Gordon Martel (ed.), A Companion to Europe, 1900-1945 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 487-503.
This essay offers an overview of its topic for the period from 1945 to the present in 11 countries.
- For a complete list of my publications, with links to most texts, see
My Publications Page; more publications available as pdfs in Publication Documents section, below.
- For a complete list of my reviews, with full texts, see My Book Reviews Page
Most are illustrated and have links and additional information not contained in the published versions.
Undergraduate and Graduate Courses
- 2c: World History, 1700-present
My extensive Hist 2c course website contains information on how I teach this course, with recent syllabi, illustrated lecture outlines, samples of student work, and other resources.
- 33d: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Holocaust (Hist 33d course Website)
Designed for freshman and sophomore non-majors, this lecture course surveys the history of the Nazi Holocaust, and explores how scholars in different fields attempt to explain it.
- 133a: Nineteenth Century Germany (Hist 133a course website)
A lecture course covering the Napoleonic invasions, revolutions of 1848, unification under Bismarck, and developments prior to World War I.
- 133b: 20th Century Germany, I: 1900-1945 (Hist 133b course website)
Beginning with culture under Kaiser Wilhelm II, we examine in depth World War I, the Weimar Years, Hitler's dictatorship and World War II.
- 133c: 20th Century Germany II: 1945-present (Hist 133c course website)
Lecture course surveying the legacies of World War II, including denazification, division, the currency reform, 1953 uprising, protest movements, and the fall of East Germany in 1989.
- 133d: The Holocaust in German History (Hist 133d course website)
This lecture course examines in-depth topics of the Nazi Holocaust, in the longer term context of German history.
- 133p: Proseminar in German History (Hist 133p course website)
A proseminar in which students write and present a 15-25 page paper based on original research with primary sources about German history.
- 133q: Readings in Holocaust History (Hist 133q course website)
This intensive reading seminar requires concurrent enrollment in Hist 133d or previous enrollment in one of my other courses, or strong background in the history of the Holocaust.
- 201E: History in the Public Realm ("Collective Memory") (course website)
This graduate reading seminar's course website contains an extensive week-by-week bibliography of the readings we discussed, with additional texts.
- INT 94il: Representing Hitler and Nazism, 1925-2007 (INT 94il course website)
A one-unit freshman seminar in which we look at primary sources to examine how differently Hitler has been viewed over the years.
Honors and Professional Activities
- Graduate Study in German History at UCSB and elsewhere.
This web page has advice, information and resources for students interested in graduate study in German history--in general, but especially in studying with me. Please read this page first if you are thinking of applying to work with me!
Additional Web Pages about Prof. Marcuse
- "Holocaust Memorials: The Emergence of a Genre" (2010)
in: American Historical Review, 115:1(Feb. 2010), pp. 53-89, including 34 illustrations.
pdf of entire 2010 AHR article
- "The Afterlife of the Camps" (2010)
concluding chapter in: Jane Caplan and Nikolaus Wachsmann (eds.), Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany: The New Histories (New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 186-211.
13 page pdf
- "Dachau: The Political Aesthetics of Holocaust Memorials" (1999)
in: Peter Hayes (ed.), Lessons and Legacies III (Northwestern UP, 1999), 138-168, 278-287.
- "The Revival of Holocaust Awareness in West Germany, the United States and Israel [in 1968]" (1998)
in Carole Fink et al (eds.), 1968: The World Transformed (1998)
- "Remembering the White Rose: (West) German Assessments, 1943-1993" (1994)
in: Soundings 22:9(1994), 25-38.
- "Die Museale Darstellung des Holocaust an Orten der ehemaligen Konzentrationslager in der Bundesrepublik, 1945-1990" (1993)
in: Erinnerung: Zur Gegenwart des Holocaust in Deutschland West und Deutschland Ost (Frankfurt: Haag & Herchen, 1993), 79-98,
Marcuse1993Die Museale Darstellung des Holocaust2.pdf
- "Konzentrationslager Dachau: Der mühevolle Weg zur Gedenkstätte, 1945-1968" (1990)
in: Dachauer Hefte 6(1990), 182-205.