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Nathaniel Parker Weston
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

This course will examine modern Germany in the wider contexts of European and global military, diplomatic, and international relations. It will also investigate the construction and maintenance of the several states governing Germany since 1871, including the Second Empire (_Kaiserreich_), Weimar Republic, National Socialist era, Allied occupation, Democratic Republic, and Federal Republic. Finally, this class will consider the on-going impacts of industrialization and world-wide economic forces in addition to the creation and re-creation of cultures based on gender, class, confession, and race.

Student learning goals

Upon completion of this course, students will strengthen their abilities to:

identify significant persons, events, and ideas in the history of modern Germany

interpret and debate the meanings of written and visual texts

draft and revise original theses supported with historical evidence

General method of instruction

The course will employ lectures, images, films, primary and secondary readings, and discussions to achieve its educational aims.

Recommended preparation

Students must possess a commitment to perform thorough readings of assigned texts, actively engage in critical discussions of course topics, and improve their analytical writing skills.

Class assignments and grading

Students will take midterm and final exams identifying material from course readings, lectures, images, films, and discussions. Students will also use course readings of their own choice to draft, peer review, and revise two essays.

Two Essays (50%)

Two Exams (50%)


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 Nathaniel Parker Weston
Date: 03/10/2014