HST 307 Modern Germany

This course will focus on German history from the late nineteenth century to the present. Topics covered include the creation of a German nation state in the form of the Second Empire in 1870-71; politics and society in imperial Germany; the origins of the first world war and the collapse of the empire in 1918; Germany's first experiment with democracy between 1918 and 1933; the rise of national socialism with its devastating consequences; the era of two German states after 1945, one on each side of the Cold War; and the unexpected peaceful reunification of 1989-90. PREREQUISITE(S): Any 100- or 200-level history course or permission of the instructor.