Faculty Profile

Karl Qualls

Professor of History (2000)

Contact Information

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

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

RUSS 253 Autocracy/Uprising/Daily Life
Cross-listed with HIST 253-01.

HIST 253 Autocracy/Uprisings/Daily Life
Cross-listed with RUSS 253-01.

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.

HIST 500 Independent Study

Spring 2018

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.

JDST 316 The Holocaust
Cross-listed with HIST 376-01. The course explores the causes of the Shoah/Holocaust from anti-Semitism, the eugenics movement, the growth of the modern state, and the effects of war. Themes will also explore perpetrator motivation, gendered responses, bystanders and rescuers, and the place of the Holocaust among other genocides. The course also deals with the continued relevance of Holocaust studies to the present by looking at issues of reparations for victims and commemoration/representation in museums, monuments, literature and films. More broadly, students will learn to assess human rights violations, the problems of states limiting the rights and freedoms of their citizens and the horror of state violence that was at the center of most of the previous century and continues in the twenty-first century. Students will approach the Holocaust thematically and conceptually, which will equip them to interpret facts as you encounter them through further study.

HIST 376 The Holocaust
Cross-listed with JDST 316-01.