HIST 128
Protest after Fascism: Youth, Revolution, and Protest in 1960s West Germany Fall 2023
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
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The 1960s was a decade of youth and protest. University students in Paris, Belgrade, and Dar es Salaam took to the streets to call for political, economic, and social transformation. This first-year seminar dives into this decade of heady revolutionary fervor, by focusing on the stakes of political protest in postwar West Germany. It evaluates how West Germans formulated their political protests while living in a post-totalitarian and post-genocidal society and considers the extent to which West Germans youths — despite operating in the international milieu of the “Global Sixties” — displayed a specifically national set of anxieties. Students can expect to gain an introduction to postwar German history, as well as experience working with primary sources.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1882
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Active participation in discussion, weekly 500-word discussion posts, two 5-6-page reading responses, and a final 10-12-page research paper
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: First-year students and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: This is an intensive writing seminar for first- and second-year students. We focus on the structure of historical argument, the process of revision, and research skills. Students receive detailed feedback on their writing on each of the shorter writing assignments and on all steps of the crafting of the final paper.
DPE Notes: This course investigates how West German youths wrestled with questions of national belonging and racial difference in the years after the Holocaust. In addition to evaluating how racial difference operated within after the Federal Republic of Germany after the Nazis' racial genocide of European Jewry, this course explores West German activists' conceptions of two populations that were seen to be racially different: the peoples of the 'Third World' and West Germany's Turkish migrants.
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia

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