GERMAN 305 - Studies in German Society and Politics
Winter 2017, Section 001 - Looting and Plunder in Modern German History
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Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Meets 03/06/17 - 04/18/17. (Drop/Add deadline = 03/20/17.).
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At the end of the eighteenth century, Europeans recognized the seizure of enemy property to be a time honored practice of warfare and subjugation. At the same time, however, new ideas about human rights, cultural heritage, and international law began to re-shape the place of looting in the exercise of power. This course will take up the history of looting in German cultural and political life from the late eighteenth through the twentieth centuries as a tool of nationalism, imperialism, totalitarianism, and scholarship. How was looting defined, who defined it, and what kinds of ethical and legal codes governed its use? How was the seizure of personal property, cultural artifacts, and sacred objects legitimized by its practitioners and experienced by its victims? In what ways did looting change the meaning of objects and why? How do we understand looting in relationship to other forms of violence and destruction in the modern period? While the focus of the course will be on case studies from the German field, we will necessarily be concerned with a global frame as we follow cases of looting in colonial contexts, in the process of migration, exploration, and during war.

This class is taught in English.


GERMAN 305 - Studies in German Society and Politics
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001 (LEC)
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M 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: This class will be offered on Mondays, 3/6/17-4/17/17.

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