HIST230 - GERMAN CENTURY:1890-1990

Description: 
This seminar, offered jointly with the Department of German, will examine the impact of German unification through Iron Chancellor Bismarck from 1870 to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of 1989, with an outlook to the present. Throughout the 145 years the position of Germany in Europe has been contested and the cause of two world wars, the death of millions, the destruction of much of Europe, the focus of a ‘cold war’ between the Western powers and the Soviet bloc, and then the reunification and new German dominance in the European Union and the Eurozone. What are the sources of this German hegemony? What are its consequences? How does German power work within the European Union? None of these questions have easy answers and the two instructors cannot promise any. For students of German, readings in German will be provided, but for other students there will be no shortage of books to read in English. Students will be asked to concentrate on one period of German history and write a research paper. For this work they will look at historical sources but also integrate works of art. A list of novels can be found below from the main periods. Students are expected to read three novels during the semester, in either in German or English, to deepen their understanding of German history more widely.
Instructors: 
STEINBERG, JONATHAN
KANT, MARION
Day and Time: 
T 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 

COLLEGE HALL 217

Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
  • GRMN232401
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