HIST 239 Fall 2012 Germany in the Twentieth Century

This course is designed to introduce students to the history of the twentieth-century Germany as experienced and made by ordinary human beings through written documents, literature, film, and the writings of historians and other scholars. Topics to be considered include: the bourgeoisie and the working classes in the Kaiserreich; Germany at the outbreak of World War I; the experience of war and its aftermath; the hyper-inflation of 1923; the commitment of Germans to democracy during the Weimar Republic; the mood in Germany at the beginning of the 1930's; the coming to power of the National Socialists; the ideology of National Socialism; the "Volksgemeinschaft"; the Nazi image of the Jew; the "Final Solution"; World War II on the battlefront and on the home front; the West German "Economic Miracle"; divided Germany in the 1970s and 1980s; life in the German Democratic Republic; the "Historians' Debate"; and Germany after the Wall.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: active and effective participation in class discussion, three interpretive essays, and a number of pop quizzes
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia,JWST Elective Courses
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 30-35
Class Number: 1405
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
HIST239-01(F) LEC Germany in Twentieth Century Division 2: Social Studies Thomas A. Kohut
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Griffin 7 1405
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