Adolf Hitler's Rise to PoweR & The cold war 

The Vietnam War & The Secret Laos War

About the Course 

In the wake of the events of the First World War, Germany was left decimated by the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. Out of this feeling of devastation, Adolf Hitler would rise to power in a weak and vulnerable German state. This course takes a look at the steps Hitler took to become the Fuhrer of Germany as it follows the build-up of the Nazi Party up to the Second World War. Further, this course will take a look at the 'Final Solution’ as the biggest genocide in human history engulfed Europe. Were these killings the result of evil men carrying out bad intentions, or was it a result of the intense indoctrination and propaganda that the Nazi regime imposed? Following the end of the Second World War, the Cold War became the next big focus of the twentieth century, and South East Asia became a battleground for ideological warfare. This course will also take a look at the Vietnam War and the Secret War in Laos which constituted one of the biggest and most devastating bombing raids ever. 

Course Instructor

Ashish Priyadarshi

Computer Science / History

University of Wisconsin-Madison