Übung Neueste Geschichte: German History since the 20th century (Exchange students only)Dozent:innen: Dr. Martin Rißmann
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InhaltSince 1918, Germany has gone through various political disruptions and transitions: from monarchic rule to parliamentary democracy, from Nazi dictatorship to complete military defeat, from two separate states to one reunified country.
The seminar provides an introductory historical overview. It is open to incoming students from all academic disciplines and levels. Based on historical sources and literature we will analyze major phases of German history: Why was the democratic system of the Weimar Republic so unstable? How did the Nazis establish their regime of terror? What were the main reasons for Germany to split into two antagonistic states and how did they develop till the fall of the Berlin Wall? Looking at the process of reunification since 1990 we will also address major ongoing topics such as European integration, migration, and re-emerging nationalism and their respective historical foundations.
In addition to political programs and action, we will also look at underlying economic, social, and cultural changes as well as foreign relations. While the course will be based on historical analysis it will invite participants to also share their insights and experiences they are making during their stay in Germany.
Zusätzliche InformationenFindet auf dem Kisselberg in Mainz statt, Isaac-Fulda-Allee 2c (bis zum Kreisel fahren, Gebäude hinter dem Studierendenwohnheim), Seminarraum K 2 im EG
Participants and engagement
Participants - All incoming students from all academic fields are welcome - History students from abroad are also invited to join the team - No specific requirements, just interest in the overall topic and historical work - Ability to read scientific texts in English Engagement - Regular attendance - Preparation reading and active participation in seminar discussions - Two homeworks in writing (upload in Moodle prior to the session) - One classroom presentation to kick-off seminar discussion This is a special course bringing together students who do not study history to get to know Germany better from a historical perspective. It is not a lecture. In fact, good discussions and results will largely depend on active participation and sharing of different views. Preparing the sessions properly and getting a good grasp of the reading materials will be key.
Grading - 8 ECTS (seminar + tutorial) - Assignment as indicated - Exam: Option 1: Written exam (60 minutes) Option 2: Oral exam (15 minutes) Option 3: Term paper (6 – 8 pages) - Credit points 5 ECTS (class, no tutorial); assignment and exam as indicated 2 ECTS (class, no tutorial); assignment as indicated; no exam or term paper - The number of ECTS depends on the workload. In some cases, it can be adjusted individually depending on the requirements of the home university.
Literature The course is mainly based on selected sections of the following books: - Mary Fulbrook, A History of Germany 1918–2014: The Divided Nation, Fifth Edition. Chichester 2021. - Peter C. Caldwell/Karrin Hanshew, Germany Since 1945. Politics, Culture, and society: London et alt. 2018 - Helmut Walser Smith (ed.): Oxford Handbook of Modern German History, Oxford et al. 2011. The assigned readings can be accessed either via hyperlink from the Syllabus, via electronic resources of the central library (ub.uni-mainz.de) of the JGU or on Moodle (lms.uni-mainz.de). Further reading suggestions are recommended in the textbooks and will be given in class.
Outline of Study Program
Course introduction Starting point and key questions Weimar Republic: Collapse of democracy (1919 – 1933) The Nazi state: Rule of terror and war (1933 – 1945) Occupation and emergence of two Germanys (1945 – 1949) A fresh start to democracy - West Germany (1949 – 1961) The communist transformation in East Germany (1949 – 1961) All day excursion to Bonn (or Heidelberg) Two German states side by side (1961 – 1989) German unification (1989 – 1990) Continuing transformation in a uniting Europe (since 1991) Research Design Session Conclusions / wrap-up
It is planned to have one excursion to Heidelberg - visit of the Friederich-Ebert-Gedenksätte on June 15, 2022.
|15.06.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|20.07.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|11.05.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|01.06.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|13.07.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|22.06.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|20.04.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|06.07.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|04.05.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|27.04.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|08.06.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|18.05.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|25.05.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|
|29.06.2022 (Mittwoch)||10:15 - 11:45|