HIST 635: Problems in European History

HIST 635-004: Germany in the Cold War
(Spring 2020)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W

Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 124

Section Information for Spring 2020

The Berlin Wall remains one of the Cold War’s most potent symbols, a representation of the physical and ideological divisions that shaped the world over the course of forty years. In this seminar we will examine Germany in the Cold War era, reading historical scholarship about both the East German communist dictatorship and the West German democracy. We will look at how early historiography, which viewed East Germany through the lens of totalitarianism, has given way to new approaches that take up questions of citizenship and sovereignty in both Germanies through perspectives of gender, sexuality, race, ideology, and class. Over the course of the semester, we will ponder how the Cold War shaped each Germany’s path, how ordinary people engaged in the geopolitical struggles of the Cold War, and how national and international priorities intersected in the two German states.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Investigates selected problems. Readings, discussions, development of bibliographies. Primary sources used where possible. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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