HISTORY 420 - Modern Germany
Section: 201 Germany in Age of Total War
Term: SU 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credit Exclusions:
No credit for those who have completed or are enrolled in HISTORY 418 or 419.
Other Course Info:
This course is not recommended for students who have completed HISTORY/GERMAN 322 because it covers very similar material.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course begins with Germany’s place in Europe on the eve of the First World War and ends with the division of Germany in the aftermath of the Second World War. The course explores how the first total war transformed German society, culture and politics, shaping Germany’s first democracy — the Weimar Republic — which was founded in 1919 and dismantled by the Nazis in 1933. We will take the project of Weimar democracy seriously, exploring its new visions of political culture, while analyzing the ways in which the Nazis rose amidst this Republic and defined themselves in opposition to it. We will examine the conditions and outcomes of the Nazi seizure of power, analyzing the place of both race and war in the practices of the Nazi state and in the new “people’s national community.” This course explores the history of both world wars as embedded in the relations between state and people, politics and culture. In particular we will investigate the connections between racial persecution and the war of conquest launched by the Nazis in 1939.

This course is not recommended for students who have completed HISTORY/GERMAN 322 as it covers very similar material. No prerequisites are required, although basic background in modern European history will be very helpful. Course materials will include not only historical texts, but also film, art, literature, and personal memoirs from the Weimar and Nazi periods.

Format: Each 3-hour meeting will combine lecture and discussion. Requirements include midterm, final, and occasional short response papers.

HISTORY 420 - Modern Germany
Schedule Listing
201 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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ISBN: 9780520253834
A Concise History of the Third, Author: Wolfgang Benz, Publisher: University of California Press 2006
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0847696316
War and Genocide: A Concise Hi, Author: Doris Bergen, Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield 2ND ED 2007
ISBN: 1933633646
Little Man: What Now?, Author: Hans Fallada, Publisher: Melville House ANY 2009
ISBN: 9780691140964
Weimar Germany: Promise and, Author: Eric Weitz, Publisher: Princeton Univ. Press MARCH 09 2009
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