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HIS 172 — The History of Modern Germany

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 4—Jun 6
Time: 6:30—8:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 6
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $540
Instructor(s): Daniela R.P. Weiner
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—8:20 pm (PT)
Apr 4—Jun 6
10 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 6
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Daniela R.P. Weiner
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
How did Germany become the country it is today, at the heart of the European Union? And how did ordinary people experience this process? We will answer these questions by looking at the history of Germany since its formation as a nation. We will examine how fragmented German states formed a united nation in 1871; how Imperial Germany interacted with the broader world before and during World War I; how the Weimar Republic simultaneously endured a progressive social environment and political instability; how the Nazis rose to power with an oppressive campaign that led to genocide; how Germany was divided by the victorious Allies after the Axis defeat in World War II; and how the two German states fit into the divided Cold War world. We will conclude by examining the surprising 1989 Peaceful Revolution and reunified Germany’s leading role in a united Europe. And we will reflect on how ordinary Germans—including historically minoritized groups such as Jewish Germans and Afro-Germans—experienced these major geopolitical events.

The course will consist of both lecture and discussion based on a wide variety of sources, including text, videos, and oral histories of the Nazi era and beyond. Students will come away with the ability to connect various eras in German history and the broader European and global context.

COLLEGE Lecturer, Civic, Liberal, and Global Education, Stanford

Daniela R.P. Weiner received a PhD in history and a graduate certificate in Jewish Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research has been published in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies; Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society; and Journal of Contemporary History.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Konrad H. Jarausch, Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the 20th Century (ISBN 978-0691196480)