Germany 1914 to the Present

History 167C

Spring 2014
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MWF 2-3P

This course will explore Germany’s tumultuous history from 1914 to the sudden unification of the two Germanys in 1990. This period was marked by two of the largest and bloodiest conflicts ever seen by mankind, the First and the Second World War, the rise of extreme ideologies, the Cold War, and the fall of the Iron Curtain. 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 gender, class, and religious identities; the impact of total war; and the roots of dictatorship and democracy. Course materials will include primary sources in translation and state-of-the-art scholarship on German history, as well as contemporary literature, popular images, and films.

Course Books

Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic by Betts, Paul Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-966829-8 Required
A German Generation: An Experiential History of the Twentieth Century by Thomas A. Kohut Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300192452 Required
The Holocaust: A Concise History by Doris Bergen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN: 978-0742557147 Required
A History of Germany 1918-2008: The Divided Nation by Mary Fulbrook Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition. ISBN: 978-1405188142 Required