Germany in the 20th Century

History 167C

Fall 2016
Elizabeth Wenger
219 Dwinelle
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MWF 2-3P

This course will explore Germany’s tumultuous relationship to Europe and the world from 1914 to the present. This period was marked the two of the largest and bloodiest conflicts ever seen by mankind, the First and Second World War, the rise of extreme ideologies, the Cold War, the fall of the Iron Curtain, and the return of Germany as a sovereign actor in world affairs. Against the background of these developments we will focus on continuities and ruptures in German society during the Weimar Republic, National Socialism, the competing Republics, and the (unified) Federal Republic of Germany. By comparing the various dimensions and characteristics of Germany’s radical transformations this course introduces students to major political, social and cultural changes, emphasizing questions of class, gender, race, and religion; the impact of total war; and the roots of dictatorship and democracy.

Course Books

Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy. New and expanded ed by Weitz, Eric D Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ISBN: 9780691157962 Required
Socialist Modern: East German Everyday Culture and Politics by Pence, Katherine and Betts, Paul Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. ISBN: 978-0472069743 Required
Ordinary Men : Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Browning, Christopher R New York: HarperCollins. ISBN: 978-0060995065 Required
A History of Germany, 1918-2014 : The Divided Nation by Fulbrook, Mary Wiley. ISBN: 978-1118776148 Required