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Fall 2017 History GU4331 section 001

Call Number 15398
Day & Time
W 4:10pm-6:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Points 4
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Volker Berghahn
Course Description The development of Germany in the last century has influenced the history of Europe and, indeed, of the world in major and dramatic ways. Most historians agree that the country and its leaders played a crucial role in the outbreak of two world wars which cost some 80 million lives. Germany experienced a revolution in 1918, hyperinflation in 1923, the Great Depression after 1929, and the Nazi dictatorship in 1933. Between 1933 and 1945 there followed the brutal military conquest of most of Continental Europe and, finally, the Holocaust. After 1945, Germany was divided into two halves in which there emerged a communist dictatorship and a Western-style parliamentary-democratic system, respectively. The division of the country ended in 1989 with the collapse of the Honecker regime and the reunification of East and West Germany. No doubt, Germany’s history is confused and confusing and has therefore generated plenty of debate among historians. This course offers a comprehensive analysis of the country’s development in the 20th century. It is not just concerned with political events and military campaigns, but will also examine in considerable detail German society and its changing structures, relations between women and men, trends in both high and popular culture, and the ups and downs of an industrial economy in its global setting. The weekly seminars are designed to introduce you to the country’s conflicted history and the controversies it unleashed in international scholarship. Both M.A. students and advanced undergraduates are welcome.
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Department History
Enrollment 21 students (22 max) as of 7:07PM Saturday, December 16, 2017
Subject History
Number GU4331
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To School of the Arts, Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate, Graduate School of Arts and Science, General Studies, School of Professional Studies, Global Programs, International and Public Affairs
Campus Morningside
Section key 20173HIST4331W001

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