GEST-541 Modern German and European History
Fall for 2017-2018
This is the foundational history course for graduate students in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies Program and its affiliated doctoral programs. It is designed to introduce students to some of the major events and principal problems in German and European history in the twentieth century.

Rather than simply transmitting factual knowledge, the course provides an introduction to history as a scholarly discipline. The weekly in-depth discussions of a set of readings will familiarize students with the divergent ways in which history can be written, such as social history, political history, cultural history, biography, generational history, memory, and the history of historiography.

Historiographical and methodological issues will be discussed alongside key events in European history, such as First and Second World War, the Holocaust, the reconstruction of European societies after 1945, the establishment of Socialist regimes in countries to the East of the Iron Curtain after 1945, the protest movements of 1968, and the collapse of communism in 1989.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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