Eric Limbach teaches history and first-year writing at the Eastman School of Music. He earned a PhD in History from Michigan State University with a dissertation on the reception and integration of East German refugees in West Germany prior to the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. A portion of this research, on West Berlin’s refugee reception system in the early 1950s, was published in the journal Central European History in 2014. Dr. Limbach also holds degrees from Ohio University in History (MA, BA) and Music (BA).
FWS 121: Migration and the Modern City
Within the past twenty years—indeed, within the lifetime of every person in this classroom—humans have become a predominantly urban species. That is to say, more of us, worldwide, live in cities than do not. While many of us (especially in the United States) were born in cities, or near enough to them, this has not been the case elsewhere in the world. In Africa, in India and China, in Brazil, and many other parts of the world, the growth of cities has been aided by extensive migration from well beyond the urban limits. As concepts, migration and the modern city are inseparable—one cannot exist without the other. In this course, we will study that relationship and in the process develop your writing and critical thinking skills in a way that prepares you to consider the experience of the individual migrant faced with urban society.
HIS/HUM 282: From Weimar to Hitler: Germany 1914-1945
This course covers the political, social, and cultural history of Germany from 1914 to 1945, with a postscript on Germany since the end of the Second World War. Central to the course is the effort to understand the rise, triumph, and fall of Hitler and the National Socialist party, regime, and ideology. We will pay particular attention to the differing experiences of various segments of the German population during the First World War, under democracy and subsequently National Socialism, including workers, women, and ethnic minorities, especially German Jews.
HIS/HUM 281: Holocaust: Event, History, Memory
In the midst of the Second World War, under the auspices of the National Socialist regime in Germany, Germans along with their allies and collaborators murdered roughly six million European Jews. This much is incontrovertible, but only in subsequent decades did this series of events become known as the Holocaust. In this course we will cover not only the historical context and potential causes of the Holocaust—from the long history of European anti-Jewish and antisemitic violence to the specifics of National Socialist racial ideology—and the events themselves—the persecution, ghettoization and eventually extermination of Jewish communities across occupied Europe—but also consider the long afterlife of this historical fact, including how the Holocaust has, in the past seven decades, become a critical episode in both European and global history.