German History since 1870

Term: Spring 2011

Subject Code: GHIS

Course Number: 5155

"Five Germanys in a lifetime." Historian Fritz Stern's much-noted biography encompasses a stunning series of changes in Germany's political system. The 20th century was witness to the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the "Third Reich", two post-war Germanys during the Cold War, and a reunified Germany after 1989/90. This course takes a long view of German history, identifying key caesuras within it, and exploring contending explanations about these radical transformations: from the perspective of state or society, elites or ordinary people, individual or generational experiences, perpetrators or victims, historical reflection or memory?


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