History 323: Modern Germany
Tobin Hall room 204 – TR 11:15 am – 12:05 pm

Readings:

 

The readings for this course have been chosen to compliment the lectures – they are no substitute.  For the most part they are intended to illuminate one or more perspectives on a particular issue. We will discuss the books and primary sources in sections on the days specified in the class schedule.  On those days you are to come prepared to discuss the material you have read.  The textbook will work in conjunction with the lectures, but here too, the roles are complimentary – there will be material presented in the lectures not found in the text.  You are responsible for material presented both in class and in the assigned textbook readings. One copy of each of the books has been placed on reserve at the Du Bois Library.

 

Books:

 

Please purchase the following books at Amherst Books (www.amherstbooks.com)

  • Martin Kitchen, A History of Modern Germany, 1800-2000 (Paperback), (Wiley-Blackwell,2006) ISBN: 978-1405100410
  • J.W. von Goethe, Faust: Part One, (Oxford UP, 2008). ISBN: 978-0199536214
  • Theordor Fontane, Effi Briest (Penguin Classics, 2001), ISBN: 978-0140447668
  • Eric Weitz, Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy (Princeton UP, 2009). ISBN: 978-0691140964
  • Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (Harper Perennial, 1993). ISBN: 978-0060995065
  • Peter Schneider, The Wall Jumper: A Berlin Story, (University Of Chicago Press, 1998). ISBN: 978-0226739410

Articles:

 

You will find all of the non-book texts for this course on SPARK. Please print these out and bring a copy to class.

 

  • James Sheehan, “What is German History? Reflections on the Role of the German Nation in German History and Historiography,” The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 53, No. 1, (Mar. 1991) pp. 2-23. (PDF available through JSTOR or on SPARK)
  • Johann Gottlieb Fichte, “Addresses to the German Nation” (Thirteenth Speech) from: Jones and Turnbull (translators), Addresses to the German Nation (Open Court Publishing, 1922). PDF of this chapter is on SPARK.
  • Ernst Moritz Arndt, “The German Fatherland” from: German History in Documents and Images (German Historical Institute) - http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_document.cfm?document_id=237 (PDF versions on SPARK)
  • “Germany’s Unification,” “Hanseman on the Revolution in France,” “Heppenheim Program,” “Wirth At the Hambach Festival,” and “Frankfurt Parliament” from: German History in Documents and Images (German Historical Institute) - http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_docs.cfm?section_id=9 (PDF versions on SPARK)
  • “Anti-Socialist Law” (for reference), “Bebel Condemns Anti-Socialist Law” “Bamberger Extension of Anti-Socialist Law” “Weber Reflects on Cooperation,” and “Bamberger Hopes for Parliamentary Government” from: German History in Documents and Images (German Historical Institute) -  http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_docs.cfm?section_id=10 (PDF versions on SPARK)
  • “Daily Telegraph Affair,” “Zabern Affair,” “Statutes of the PanGerman League,” and “Conservatives Embrace Anti-Semitism” from: German History in Documents and Images (German Historical Institute) - http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_docs.cfm?section_id=11 (PDF versions on SPARK)
  • “German Naval Office,” “Place in the Sun,” “Freyman’s Shades of the Future,” and “Inevitability of War” from: German History in Documents and Images (German Historical Institute) - http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_docs.cfm?section_id=11 (PDF versions on SPARK)
  • “Soldiers Describe Combat – Lange,” “Soldiers Describe Combat – Hammerer,” “Patriotic Enlightenment,” “Unrestricted Submarine Warfare” and “Ludendorff Admits Defeat” from: German History in Documents and Images (German Historical Institute) - http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_docs.cfm?section_id=11 (PDF versions on SPARK)
  • “Klemperer’s Diary Entry,” “Reich Civil Servant Law,” “Reich Citizenship Law,” “Hitler’s Greater German Reichstag Speech” from: German History in Documents and Images (German Historical Institute) - http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_docs.cfm?section_id=13 (PDF versions on SPARK)
  • “Byrne’s Speech on Germany,” “Nuremberg Trials,” “CDU Social Market Economy,” “First Party Conference of the SED,” and “The Godesberg Program” from: German History in Documents and Images (German Historical Institute) - http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_docs.cfm?section_id=14 (PDF versions on SPARK)

Films:

 

Two films will be shown over the course of the semester.  These films, like the readings, will highlight particular issues being dealt with in that unit of the class.  While a film is entertaining in its own right, we will want to view it also with an eye to what it can tell us about the history of a particular time and place.  We will view the film on the days specified in the class schedule.  You will also be responsible for these films on your quizzes and exams, so if, for whatever reason you cannot attend one of the screenings, please make sure to make-up what you have missed outside of class. Both films are available in the Library Reserves section.

 

  • Downfall (Germany, 2004)
  • Lives of Others (Germany, 2006)