I'm working on an assignment and the question is really making me think. I study world history at university, the module title is "Atrocities, Peacekeeping, and the Road to Democracy." The lecturer assigned this question:
"Pick one atrocity covered in this module. What was gained from your chosen regime, and how does this compare to what was lost?"
The optional regimes are:
- The British Empire from 1842 to 1950
- The Soviet Union, 1905 - 1991
- The Third Reich, 1933 - 1945
- Rwanda, 1996 - 1997
As hard as it may be to believe, I'm doing Nazi Germany because I read and speak fluent German, and most of my original sources are in German. It's also going to make me stand out and hopefully get me a higher mark.
My conclusion is, undoubtedly, going to be along the lines of "The Holocaust was undoubtedly the lowest point in history" (I haven't figured out how to word it yet) but I'm also thinking that, without the Nazis and their atrocities, there would be a lot we wouldn't have today. For instance: psychology, engineering, automobiles, to name a few. There are also still lessons to be learned from this period.
I feel awkward about this line of argument as my lecturer scooted his chair away from me, but my point still stands.
What do you guys think?