HIST 136 Fall 2012 Before the Deluge: Paris and Berlin in the Interwar Years (W)

Paris and Berlin were the two poles of Europe in the 1920s, rival capital cities of two historically hostile nations that had only just put an end to the carnage of World War I. Paris was the grande dame; Berlin the upstart. In the 1920s, these two pulsating metropolises became the sites of political and cultural movements that would leave a lasting imprint on European society until the present day. This course focuses on the politics, society, and culture of these two cities in their heyday in the 1920s. We will also consider their fate in the 1930s, first as depression set in, and then as the Nazis came to power. Devoting half the semester to Paris and the other half to Berlin, we will examine a range of parallel topics in both contexts, including the impact of World War I, the growing popularity of right-wing political movements and the increase in political violence, shifting gender norms and sexual mores, and new developments in the realms of art, film, theatre, cabaret, and literature.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class attendance and participation, several short papers, and a final research paper
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Prerequisites: none; first-year or sophomore standing
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia,INST - Urbanizing World Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15-19
Class Number: 1364
HIST136-01(F) SEM Paris&Berlin in Interwar Years (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Alexandra Garbarini
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Griffin 5 1364
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