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Fall 2009

GER 340C • Historical Backgrounds of German Civilization

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38415 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
GEA 114

Course Description

Beginning with the development of medieval cities and concluding with World War I, this course focuses on the historical and cultural development of German-speaking Europe. Political, social, religious, economic, and philosophical developments as well as architecture, art, music, and literature of the time period will be discussed. History will not be discussed in terms of specific events but rather in terms of large-scale developments and factors that contributed to them. Most importantly, we will learn to understand how Germany's past helped shape the Germany we know today. Students will be assigned daily readings and should expect to turn in one homework assignment per week. Some assignments will require group work (work in groups is generally encouraged). This course will be taught in German, but any willing student with at least four semesters of college German can take this course. More than two unexcused absences may result in a lower grade.

Grading Policy

Homework and Participation: 20% Class Presentation: 15% 3 Exams: (20+20+25%) 65%


Hans-Georg Hofacker and Thomas Schuler. Geschichtsbuch 2: Das Mittelalter und die frühe Neuzeit. Berlin, 1994. Hilke Günther-Arndt and Jürgen Kocka. Geschichtsbuch 3: Das 19. Jahrhundert. Berlin, 1995.


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