Germany in the 20th Century

History 167C

Fall 2015
180 TAN
Day & Time: 
MWF 12-1P

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 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

War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust by Bergen, Doris Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN: 978-0742557154 Required
Fatelessness by Kertesz, Imre Vintage. ISBN: 978-1400078639 Required
Dissonant Lives by Fulbrook, Mary Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199287208 Required
The Artificial Silk Girl by Keun, Irmgard Other Press. ISBN: 978-1590514542 Required
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0143105404 Required
A History of Modern Germany, 1871 to the Present by Orlow, Dietrich Pearson. ISBN: 978-0205214433 Optional
A History of Germany, 1918-2014 by Fulbrook, Mary Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1118776148 Optional