Faculty Profile

Karl Qualls

Professor of History (2000)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Spring 2017

quallsk@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 201
717.245.1774
http://users.dickinson.edu/~quallsk/

Bio

His teaching interests include Russian and German history, comparative revolutions (political, social, and cultural), dictators, urban history, and more. His book "From Ruins to Reconstruction: Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II" (Cornell, 2009) challenges notions of totalitarianism, investigates the creation of historical myths, and outlines the role of monuments and urban space in identity formation in a city torn between Ukraine and Russia. He is currently working on a new book about children who fled the Spanish Civil War and were raised in the Soviet Union.

Education

  • B.A., University of Missouri at Columbia, 1993
  • Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1998

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

HIST 107 Modern Europe, 1789-2000
What does it mean to be "modern?" The course will examine the changing relationship between state and society, the growth of nationalism, the industrial revolution, liberalism, imperialism, socialism, secularization, urbanization, warfare, gender roles, the arts, and much more.

HIST 254 Revolut/War/Daily Life Mod Rus
Cross-listed with RUSS 254-01.

RUSS 254 Revolut/War/Daily Life Mod Rus
Cross-listed with HIST 254-01.

HIST 375 Europe's Dictators
Contrary to the hope of contemporaries, World War I was not "the war to end all wars." Instead, at its end Europe emerged into a world of unprecedented turmoil and confusion, a time that was nonetheless permeated with hope, idealism, and possibility. This course explores European politics, society, gender, and culture between 1918 and 1945, focusing on the extreme developments in Germany, Russia, Spain, and Italy during this time. We will examine the emergence, development, form, and consequences of the rule of Hitler, Stalin, Franco and Mussolini and explore the relationship of these dictators to the states that sustained them. Offered occasionally.