A Century Later: Germany and the Great War

History 103B.004

Spring 2015
Day & Time: 
Th 12-2P
2014 is the centennial of the outbreak of the "Great War” – a conflict which spread across the globe and unleashed death and destruction on an unimaginable scale. Based around discussions of major works of historical synthesis on early 20th century German history we will address the historical challenges and problems that led to the outbreak of what became known as the First World War. We will analyse the breakdown of the international system that had kept peace in Europe for nearly a century; contrast the experience of Germans in the trenches, under military occupation, and at home in the turbulent years during and immediately following the First World War; and examine gendered narratives, historical arguments, and scholarly interpretations about the First World War. This course will encourage you to explore new ideas and interests and is intended to help you to improve your research skills and to identify themes for the writing a thesis prospectus.
Andrea A. Sinn is DAAD-Professor of German and History at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research and teaching focus on modern European history with specialties in German, Jewish, and migration history. Her current research project addressing Jewish experiences during the Great War is inspired by the apparent absence of female and minority perspectives in studies addressing World War I.

Course Books

The German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory by Tim Grady Liverpool University Press. ISBN: 978-1846318511 Required
The War from Within: German Working Class Women in the First World War by Ute Daniel Berg Publishers. ISBN: 978-1859731475 Required
Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914-1918 by Roger Chickering Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1107691520 Required