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Syllabus Borders and Identity in Germany: A Historical View - 54615

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Last update 16-03-2021
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: Cont. German Studies:politics, Soc.&Cult

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Dr. Oded Steinberg

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00-11:00

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Oded Steinberg

Course/Module description:
In this course we will delve into key events of German history while moving in a chronological order from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the twenty-first century. The main themes will focus on the changing borders as well as identities of this multifaceted central European entity(s). The course includes the following core questions: What are the key events that shaped German borders and identities? Can we speak of one Germany? What does the altering borders of the German entity inform us about its multiple identities? These central questions analyze major thematic subjects such as religious differences (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish), geographical considerations (North South , East West) ethnic identities etc. These themes are crucial to the course since they overlap in their relevance to German history and do not necessarily belong to a certain period .

Course/Module aims:

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Be knowledgeable of key events in German History
Able to analyze core questions in German identity
Acquainted with canonical and less canonical primary and secondary sources on Modern Germany

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:

Course/Module Content:
Introduction: The German Speaking People of Central Europe
Napoleonic Wars The first signs of German Nationalism
1848 Revolution and Disappointment
1871 Unity under Prussia
Kulturkampf- Bismarcks Policy
The Colonial and Naval Race
WWI-Alsace Lorraine (here we go again)
Weimar Republic
Nazism Expansion and Lebensraum
East and West: The Two Germanies
1989: Reunited?
The EU- A German Led Project

Required Reading:
Breuilly, John. Nineteenth-century Germany: Politics, Culture and Society 1780-1918. Second ed. London, UK; New York, NY, 2020.
Greenberg, Udi. The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War. Princeton University Press, 2015.
Hagen, William. Germany in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation. Cambridge UP, 2012.
Kaes, Anton and Martin Jay, Edward Dimendberg (eds.), The Weimar Republic Sourcebook. Berkeley: UC, 1994.
Schulze, Hagen. The Course of German Nationalism: From Frederick the Great to Bismarck 1763-1867. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Sheehan, James. German History, 1770-1866. Oxford: OUP, 1989

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 20 %
Project work 60 %
Assignments 20 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.