Modern German History

History 280

Fall 2014
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 10-12

This course is a reading seminar intended for graduate students who are specializing in Modern German History. Its purpose is to introduce students to some of the key topics, questions, problems, controversies, and debates that have characterized this field.

We will discuss classic accounts as well as the latest research aiming at a systematic account of German history in the 19th and 20th century. Central to our conversations will be the changing way in which historical problems and issues have been framed and reframed by different generations of scholars. This course should help you to prepare for future research, as well as for oral examinations in this field. – Reading proficiency in German is required.

Course Books

The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classical Modernity by Peukert, Detlev J.K. Hill and Wang. ISBN: 978-0809015566 Required
German History in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation by Hagen, William W. Cambridge UP. ISBN: 978-0521175210 Required
Practicing Democracy: Elections and Political Culture in Imperial Germany by Margaret Lavinia Anderson Princeton UP. ISBN: 978-0691048543 Required
Globalization and the Nation in Imperial Germany by Sebastian Conrad Cambridge UP. ISBN: 978-0521177306 Required
Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth Century Germany by Herzog, Dagmar Princeton UP. ISBN: 978-0691130392 Optional
The Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race across the Long Nineteenth Century by Helmut Walser Smith Cambridge UP. ISBN: 978-0521720250 Optional