HISTORY 481 - Topics in European History
Winter 2022, Section 002 - The Third Reich and Its Aftermath
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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We will explore the history, politics, and culture of the period ranging from 1943 to 1989. That is, we will be dealing with four different German states: the Third Reich, the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), the German Democratic Republic (GDR), and the Federal Republic after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the so-called Berlin Republic. We will start in 1943 or the year that many people inside and outside of Nazi Germany considered the beginning of the end of National Socialism. We will frequently return to the following questions: 1) How did politicians, public intellectuals, and artists think about the National Socialist prehistory of the country and its meaning(s) for the present? 2) What does it mean to say that one state ends and another begins? What is the meaning of “new beginnings”? 3) What effect did the Third Reich and the Holocaust have on the way authors and visual artists thought about their work? 4) Which traces did the past leave in cities like Saarbrücken, Vienna, or Berlin, the capital of the Nazi Empire and the newly united East and West German states? Finally, we will read some philosophical and theoretical texts on memory (Nietzsche; Freud).

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Class will be conducted in English.


HISTORY 481 - Topics in European History
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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