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Industrial Totalitarianism

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June 20 + 23, 6-8pm ET

John Barruzza

This course examines the link between total war and totalitarianism in the early twentieth century, contending that the horrors of the Holocaust and the Gulag can be traced to the military and social innovations of the First World War. Focusing on Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, the most successful totalitarian regimes to emerge in interwar Europe, we will study topics including utopian collectivism, industrialized warfare, and the persecution of internal enemies real and imaginary.

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John Barruzza is a historian who received his PhD from Syracuse University in 2020. His dissertation, titled “The Good Italian, the Bad German, and the Survivor”, used survivor stories to examine antisemitism and the Shoah in Italy. Currently, he teaches social studies at a high school in Colorado Springs, Colorado.