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1 HIS 355 ~ MODERN GERMAN HISTORY SPRING 2009 Professor Maria Mitchell Office Hours: Office: Stager 111 Mon, Wed, Fri Office Phone: 291 4241 11:00-11:50 a.m. E-mail: [email protected] and by appointment The calamitous history of modern Germany has propelled its students into anguished retrospection. That terrible question – How could it have happened? – weighs on them, a burden at once hard to bear and impossible to shake off. Peter Gay, Freud, Jews and Other Germans: Masters and Victims in Modernist Culture, p. 3. Course Description: This course introduces students to the major events and themes of modern German history. We will focus on continuities and ruptures in German society during the Second Empire, the Weimar Republic, National Socialism, the competing Republics, and the (unified) Federal Republic of Germany. Major questions of the course include the supposed peculiarity or "belatedness" of German industrial and state formation; gender, class, and religious identities; the impact of total war; economic and political crisis; the roots of dictatorship and democracy; revolution; the organization of genocide; and European unity. Required Course Books: Anonymous. A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary, translated by Philip Boehm. Henry Holt and Company, 2005. Doris L. Bergen. War & Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust, 2nd ed. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2009. Heinrich Böll. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, translated by Leila Vennewitz. Penguin Books, 1975. Mary Fulbrook. A Concise History of Germany, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2004. Jana Hensel. After the Wall: Confessions from an East German Childhood and the Life that Came Next, translated by Jefferson Chase. Public Affairs, 2004. Heinrich Mann. Man of Straw. Viking Penguin, 1992. Also available as The Loyal Subject, edited by Helmut Peitsch. Continuum International Publishing Group, 1997. Erich Maria Remarque. The Road Back, translated by A.W. Wheen. Ballantine Publishing Group, 1998. Course Requirements and Late Paper Policy: There will be two in-class exams, one eight-to-ten-page paper, five scheduled quizzes, and a final examination. The format of the exams and paper will be discussed in class. You must submit a paper and pass the final exam in order to pass this course. All papers should be put in a box outside my office on Thursday, February 12, by 4:30 p.m. There will be no extensions granted. Final grades on papers received after 4:30 p.m. on February 12 but before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 13, will be lowered two levels (from an A to a C, for example). Any paper submitted after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 13, will be given an F. Because last-minute printing problems do not excuse late papers, you are advised to print your paper at least twenty-2 four hours before it is due. You should always come to class prepared to discuss the assigned reading; full class periods devoted to discussion and debate are noted in the syllabus. Please remember: It is difficult to participate in class when you are not present; attendance is by definition crucial to your Class Participation grade. Grade Distribution: First Exam 20% Second Exam 20% Final Exam 20% Paper 20% Attendance/Participation/Map Quizzes 20% Topic Outline and Scheduled Readings Lectures are designed to complement the readings; readings should always be completed for the day assigned before coming to class. "Deutschland? aber wo liegt es? Ich weiss das Land nicht zu finden": Germany Undefined Wednesday, January 21: Introduction to German History Review of the syllabus; discussion of topics and themes Friday, January 23: The Early Modern Inheritance and the Politics of Restoration Germany Fulbrook, 69-115; begin Mann Map Quiz Monday, January 26: 1848: The Turning Point that Didn't Turn? Fulbrook, 116-122; continue Mann Wednesday, January 28: Bismarck and the Incomplete Nation Fulbrook, 122-137; continue Mann Map Quiz "What a turn of events has occurred through God's guidance": The Kaiserreich and its Critics Friday, January 30: Society and Politics in Wilhelminian Germany Fulbrook, 137-148; continue Mann; Heinrich Class, "If I Were Kaiser" (http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~german/gtext/kaiserreich/class.html); "Die Internationale" (http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~german/gtext/kaiserreich/internat.html) Monday, February 2: The Separation of Gendered Spheres Continue Mann3 Wednesday, February 4: The Making of the Man of Straw Continue Mann Discussion of Mann, chapters I - IV Friday, February 6: Masculinity, Nationalism, and the Duel Continue Mann Monday, February 9: The Man of Straw Comes to Power Finish Mann Discussion of Mann, chapters V - VI "Had we returned home in 1916 ...": War, Revolution, and the Weimar Republic Wednesday, February 11: The Outbreak of World War Fulbrook, 148-154; begin Remarque Thursday, February 12: Papers Due by 4:30 p.m. (Stager 111) Friday, February 13: The German Home Front Continue Remarque Monday, February 16: Defeat and Revolution Fulbrook, 155-163; continue Remarque Tuesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.: “Rosa Luxemburg” Wednesday, February 18: The Death of the Radical Left Rosa Luxemburg, "The War and the Workers" (http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~german/gtext/kaiserreich/lux.html); continue Remarque Map Quiz Discussion of Luxemburg Friday, February 20: The Weimar Republic's Early Agonies Fulbrook, 164-167; continue Remarque Monday, February 23: The Long Road Back from War Finish Remarque Discussion of Remarque Wednesday, February 25: The Weimar Republic Takes Hold Fulbrook, 167-172 Thursday, February 26, 7:30 p.m., Stahr Auditorium: “German-Jewish Identity under the Nazis and in Exile: The Quandary of Young Marianne Steinberg” Rebecca Boehling, University of Maryland, Baltimore County4 Friday, February 27: Weimar Culture: Art, Architecture, Gay Life, and the New Woman Bauhaus – Archiv Museum of Design (http://www.bauhaus.de/english/); Wassily Kandinsky (http://www.mcs.csuhayward.edu/~malek/Kandin.html); Paul Klee (http://www.mcs.csuhayward.edu/~malek/Klee.html) Monday, March 2: EXAM "The Theory and Practice of Hell": National Socialism, World War II, and the Holocaust Wednesday, March 4: The Rise of National Socialism Begin Bergen;


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