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Andreas Agocs

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Contact

Phone: 209.946.2257
Email: aagocs@pacific.edu

Office

WPC 238

Education

PhD, University of California, Davis, 2009

MA, Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching European History to students in Northern California is exciting, challenging, and rewarding; modern European cultures and societies are often simultaneously familiar and strange for American students. In my teaching I strive to explain the often complex problems and conflicted histories of European countries while at the same time reinforcing or even awakening the students' interests in the material.  

History is not about memorizing dates and events, but centers on the interpretation of historical processes and the creation of narratives based on the historical records. In my courses I emphasize discussion and student interaction, accompanied by a manageable but eclectic assignment of primary sources and historical interpretations that shed light on the interplay between larger historical patterns and individual lives. The University of the Pacific, with its small class settings and friendly atmosphere, provides an ideal learning environment for this approach.  

I also regard the teaching of history as a contribution to the transcultural understanding between Europe and the U.S. In my experience, learning about the conflicts, accomplishments, and challenges of European history are a powerful and fascinating way to make students reflect on their own roles in the historical process and on the often subtle differences and similarities between the historical past and the students' own lives.

Scholarly Interest  

My research area is the cultural and political history of Germany and Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 

Hist 10: "Western Civilization I"
Hist 11: ""Western Civilization II"
Hist 50: "World History I: To 1500"
Hist 51: "World History since 1500"
Hist 111: "Europe in Turmoil, 1900­-1945"
Hist 112: "History of the Holocaust"
Hist 113: "Europe since 1945"
Hist 114: "Modern Germany"
Pacific Seminar II: Global Diffusion