History 393N: Germany since 1945
Bartlett Hall room 125 – TR 11:15 – 12:30 pm

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:

 

Dr. Jon Berndt Olsen
Department of History

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

 

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3, Thursdays 10-11 or by appointment
Office:  Herter Hall 609
Telephone: 413.545.6767
Email: jon@history.umass.edu

Web: http://people.umass.edu/jon

 

 

Overview:

 

This course is a comparative study of East and West German history. We will examine Germany from both an international and domestic perspective – as part of the Cold War and as unique individual societies. Topics covered will include post-war reconstruction; the creation of two separate states; economic developments in each state; cultural life in East and West Germany; attempts to come to terms with the past; youth rebellion; reconciliation; and unification.  We will look at a variety of primary and secondary sources, including several novels and films, and each student will write a research paper.