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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2005

HIS 383 • Germany's 20th-Cen, 1914-1989

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38880 M
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
GAR 111

Course Description

This graduate course on Germanys short twentieth century provides an introduction to the recent research and the new interpretations developed in the last ten to fifteen years that have begun to reshape our understandings of both individual sub-fields of twentieth century German history (i.e.the First Word War, Weimar Germany, Nazi Germany, divided Germany in the Cold War) and the broad sweep of Germanys history since 1914. In this course we will devote attention to the recent methodological and theoretical innovations and to the new emphases in research that have transformed the shape of modern German historiography. These include:gender history, the cultural turn, Alltagsgeschichte(the history of everyday life), the history of consumption, the history of memory, and the enormous growth of new research on the history of East Germany made possible by the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.


The readings for this course will include: David Blackbourn and Geoff Eley, The Peculiarities of German History.Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany (Oxford;Oxford University Press, 1984) Belinda J. Davis, Home Fires Burning. Food,Politics and Everyday Life in World War I Berlin (Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2000) Detlev J.K. Peukert, The Weimar Republic. The Crisis of Classical Modernity (New York: Hill and Wang, 1989) David F. Crew, editor, Nazism and German Society, 1933-1945 (London:Routledge, 1994) Saul Friedländer, Nazi Germany and the Jews.Volume 1 (New York: Harper, 1997) Ulrich Herbert, editor, National Socialist Extermination Policies. Contemporary German Perspectives and Controversies (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2000) Elizabeth D. Heinemann, What Difference Does a Husband Make? Women and Marital Status in Nazi and Postwar Germany (Berkely/Los Angeles/London: University of California Press, 1999) Hanna Schissler, editor, The Miracle Years. A Cultural History of West Germany, 1949-1968 (Princeton:Princeton University Press, 2001) Patrick Major and Jonathan Osmond, editors, The Workers and Peasants State. Communism and Society in East Germany under Ulbricht 1945-1971 (Manchester: Manchester University Press,2002) David F.Crew, editor, Consuming Germany in the Cold War (Oxford/New York: Berg, 2003) Joshua Feinstein, The Triumph of the Ordinary. Depictions of Daily Life in the East German Cinema, 1949-1989(Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 2002) Konrad H. Jarausch and Michael Geyer, Shattered Past.Reconstructing German Histories (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2003)


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