HIST 239
Germany in the Twentieth Century Fall 2021
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: seminar; discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 30
Class#: 1625
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
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to seniors and juniors if the class is overenrolled.
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
JWST Elective Courses

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