Modern Germany

History 280B

Spring 2018
2231 Dwinelle
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W 10-12
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This graduate seminar will explore the history of everyday life in the 20th century German history. It will trace the origins of the history of everyday life as perspective in the 1970s and 1980s including the early debates on this approach. The seminar seeks to provide an overview of central concepts such as the history from below, social practices, the shift from “the masses” to “the many”, appropriations and Eigensinn. We will then discuss recent case studies focusing on the history of everyday life. Topics include industrial work around 1900, food riots in World War I, popular culture, political milieus in the Weimar Republic, denunciations during National Socialism, consumerism, the history of tourism and of migration after 1945, and the history of private life in the GDR and FRG. Secondary source readings will be in English and German