Amanda Jeanne Swain
Society and politics from Germany's first unification to its reunification; domestic and foreign policy; political, economic, social, and cultural developments; high emphasis on German society's self-perception and on the variety of interpretations of this period's history
From 1871 to 1990, five “Germanies” existed: Imperial Germany (1871-1918), the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), Nazi Germany (1933-1945), the German Democratic Republic (1945-1990) and the Federal Republic of Germany (1945-present). This course examines the political and social history of Germany from unification in 1870 to re-unification in 1990. Using primary sources, the course will consider key themes in Germany history, including citizenship and identity, east-west divides, war and society, and the role of ideology.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, films, weekly readings
Class assignments and grading
Course assignments include short papers, in-class activities and a group digital project.