This seminar explores the rise of German nationalism and the processes that led to the unification of Germany in 1871. We will study the deep regional, religious, and class divisions pulling at the fabric of this society in the context of very rapid industrialization and urbanization. We will also analyze how Germany's internal divisions, growing industrial power, and nationalism were subsequently channeled into a policy of aggressive imperialism that challenged both the European and international status quo before 1914. The course carefully analyses the role played by these various developments in the tensions that led to the First World War and concludes by exploring Germany's subsequent historical development, allowing students to evaluate the influence of the the culture, economic and social structures, and political institutions of the German Empire on the Weimar Republic, the Nazi state, as well as the postwar German Democratic and Federal Republics. The aims of the seminar are to firmly ground students in the history of the German Empire, to familiarize them with the major debates on the course of modern German history, and to develop the basic skills of historical research.
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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