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19th and 20th Century Europe
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1968
Office: HSSB 4236
Phone: (805) 893-2267 Fax: (805) 893-8795
I came to UCSB in 1966, still working on completing my dissertation; the end of the school year 2013 marks 47 years of teaching here. In those years, and in previous ones at Harvard and Stanford, I have taught thousands of students in a wide variety of courses. As a classroom teacher, I am committed to upholding rigorous intellectual standards. My pedagogical goals are traditional in the sense that I still cherish the notion of a liberal arts education. At the same time, I enjoy new trends and innovations, most recently computer-related ones. My scholarly efforts, in both books and articles, have been generally in the direction of synthesis and breaking out of strictly academic confines. My books and a large proportion of my university courses have dealt with the history of extremist movements, both on the left (socialism, communism) and right (anti-Semitism, xenophobic nationalism), but I also teach survey courses dealing with modern Europe.
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