History | History of Germany Since 1648 I
B377 | 28979 | Roos


Above class carries Culture Studies credit
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA's only
Above class meets with WEUR-W405 adn WEUR-W605

Not until 1871 was a German nation-state founded. What
constituted “Germany” and German identity in the centuries before
this nation-state came into existence? Which factors help explain
the delay of German unification, and what alternative outcomes to a
unified German nation-state conceivably would have been possible?
These are some of the questions we will address as we explore the
development of German society, culture, and politics from the end of
the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) to the founding of the German
Empire of 1871. The main focus will be on the period after the
Thirty Years’ War. We will spend some time discussing the origins,
course, and consequences of this bloody military conflict. Other key
themes and topics include: witch hunting, the rise of absolutism,
Baroque culture, the Enlightenment, anti-Semitism and Jewish
emancipation, the French Revolution in Germany, the Napoleonic Wars,
nationalism, industrialization, the labor movement, gender
relations, and the military path to unification. We will examine
different approaches to historical analysis stressing the importance
of social class, gender, political structures, and cultural beliefs
and practices, respectively.