HIS 383 • Germany Since Hitler, 1933 to Present
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
This seminar will analyze the effects of Hitler's dictatorship upon German society, politics, 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. Throughout the course, we will be exploring the implications of the new directions and approaches that have characterized research on twentieth century German history in recent years including cultural history, gender history, visual history, and memory studies
To facilitate discussion, each week, each class member will write a one/two page, single-spaced, typed critical appraisal of the assigned reading(s). These responses should be modeled on the type of "short notice" that appears in the book review sections of many scholarly journals. The short notice must be sent to me, via e-mail, no later than noon on the Tuesday before the relevant Wednesday class.
Grading: Class participation counts for 20 per cent of the final grade. The overall grade for all of the weekly short notices counts for 80 per cent.
* Tentative Reading List * Ian Kershaw, The Hitler Myth.Image and Reality in the Third Reich(Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 1987) Detlev J.K. Peukert, Inside Nazi Germany. Conformity, Opposition and Racism in Everyday Life (New Haven and London: Yale University Press,1987) David Crew, editor, Nazism and German Society, 1933-1945(London and New York,1995) Saul K. Friedlander, The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 (Harper Collins, 2007) Stargardt, Nicholas, Witnesses of War. Children's Lives under the Nazis (New York:Knopf, 2005) Elizabeth Harvey, Women and the Nazi East : agents and witnesses of Germanization. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003) Konrad Jarausch , After Hitler. Recivilizing Germans, 1945-1995 (Oxford University Press,2006) Hanna Schissler,editor, The Miracle Years. A Cultural History of West Germany 1949-1968 (Princeton,2001) Paul Betts, The authority of everyday objects : a cultural history of West German industrial design ( Berkeley, 2004) Dagmar Herzog, Sex after Fascism. Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany (Princeton University Press, 2005) Robert P. Stephens, Germans on Drugs. The Complications of Modernization in Hamburg (Ann Arbor:The University of Michigan Press, 2007) Johannes von Moltke, No Place Like Home. Locations of Heimat in German Cinema (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2005)