HIS 350L • Germany Since Hitler-W
This seminar will analyze the effects of Hitler's dictatorship upon German society, politics, economy and culture. It will explore the consequences of defeat, occupation, the Cold War and the political division of Germany after 1945. It will also compare and contrast the history and development of East and West Germany in the years between 1949 and 1989. Finally, the course will examine some of the consequences and prospects created by the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and the unification of the two Germanies in 1990. Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing.
You will be required to write four critical analyses(6-8 pages each) of selected readings from the above assigned reading list(each of these four essays is worth 20% of your final grade). Class participation counts for 20% of your final grade.
Peter Fritzsche, GERMANS INTO NAZIS (Cambridge, Mass., 1998) David Crew, editor, NAZISM AND GERMAN SOCIETY, 1933-1945 (London and New York,1995) Primo Levi, SURVIVAL IN AUSCHWITZ Hanna Schissler,editor, THE MIRACLE YEARS. A CULTURAL HISTORY OF WEST GERMANY 1949-1968 (Princeton,2001) Konrad Jarausch (editor), DICTATORSHIP AS EXPERIENCE:TOWARDS A SOCIO-CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE GDR (Providence, 1999) Peter Schneider, THE WALL JUMPER. A BERLIN STORY (Chicago,1983) Timothy Garton Ash, THE FILE: PERSONAL HISTORY (Vintage Books, 1998) Daphne Berdahl, WHERE THE WORLD ENDED. RE-UNIFICATION AND IDENTITY IN THE GERMAN BORDERLAND (Berkeley/Los Angeles/London, 1999)