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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2006

GOV 365N • 3- German Nationalisms- W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39847 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
MEZ 1.120

Course Description

The course will discuss the expressions and implications of various German national movements within their respective historical contexts. It will focus on the historical shift of nationalism in Germany from the Enlightenment and the oppositional liberal movement in the early nineteenth century through the unification of the Reich under Bismarck and the repressive ideology of the National Socialist state in the twentieth century to the unification of the two post-war German states in 1990. By including a discussion of the various cultural expressions and critical definitions of "Germany" and "Germanness," the course should challenge a simplistic understanding of the history of German nationalism as an inevitable progression towards totalitarianism. The fundamental questions for consideration are: What different understandings of the terms Volk and nation have existed at various points in German history? What is the relationship between nationalist movements and the power of an existing state? How are cultural and political traditions appropriated within an ideology of nationalism? What role has the problem of national identity played in German culture in the last 200 years? Ultimately, the goal of this course is to encourage students to consider the possible validity and danger of nationalism for our present day in light of the lessons of German history.

Grading Policy

5 brief in-class writing assignments about readings and lectures: 1% each Essays: Papers: 10%, 15% Thesis statement for research paper 2% Outline for research paper 3% Research paper: 20% In-class presentation of research: 10% Peer Review: 5% Preparation and participation: 10% Exams: 10%, 10%


Anthony D. Smith. National Identity George Mosse, Nationalization of the Masses Erich Maria Remarque. All Quiet on the Western Front William Strunk and E. B. White. Elements of Style A reader with primary texts (available at Jenn's Copies, 2200 Guadalupe St.)


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