HIST 239
Germany in the Twentieth Century Fall 2019
Division II
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 30-35
Class#: 1213
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active and effective participation in class discussion, three interpretive essays, and a number of pop quizzes
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
JWST Elective Courses

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