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Amanda Jeanne Swain
HSTEU 334
Seattle Campus

Germany 1871-1989

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

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Course assignments include short papers, in-class activities and a group digital project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amanda Jeanne Swain
Date: 02/05/2014