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Empire, Nationhood and the Quest for German Unity, 1815 - 1990
HIST 120
Fall 2008 not offered

This seminar analyzes the fascinating and turbulent history of modern Germany. We will begin our study by examining the political, social, and economic upheavals ushered in by the Napoleonic conquests, highlighting the territorial, religious, and class divisions pulling at the fabric of German society in the context of revolution, rapid industrialization, and urbanization. We will analyze the processes that resulted in German unification in 1871 and how Germany's nationalism, growing industrial power, and deep internal divisions contributed to a policy of aggressive imperialism that would challenge both the European and international status quo. The course carefully analyzes the role played by these processes in the outbreak of the First World War and will explore the profound impact of war and defeat on German society. Situating both the Weimar Republic and the rise of National Socialism in this context, we will subsequently study the Nazi state, the Second World War, and the Holocaust. The course will conclude with the postwar history of the German Democratic and Federal Republics until reunification in 1990. The aims of the seminar are to develop the basic critical skills of historical analysis, provide a firm grounding in the historical processes that have shaped modern Germany, and familiarize students with the major historical debates over the continuities and discontinuities of German history.

Essential Capabilities: Speaking, Writing
Students in this class will be evaluated by short response papers, a seminar presentation, and a research paper of 10-12 pages. As a discussion-based seminar, it will develop and refine the skills of academic presentation and argumentat
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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