Germanic Languages | German Cultural History 1600-1900
G363 | 7898 | Johannes Turk


This course studies the cultural history of Germany since the
Reformation. It will familiarize you with the most important events of
German cultural history and provide you with concepts that give
meaning to these events. After taking a brief look at the medieval
period, we will begin with Luther and the religious conflicts
resulting from the reformation, and will subsequently focus on the
question how German identity has formed and evolved throughout the
following centuries. It is the goal of the course to impart a
critical, complex, and historically informed perspective on the major
cultural and political developments of German cultural history. To
reach this goal, we will discuss themes such as religion, art,
literature, and sports to understand the past. We will study a great
variety of artifacts from paintings to short texts and films.

Lectures and discussions will be held mainly in German, and the second
goal of the course is to deepen your familiarity with the German
language. Language and culture are inseparable, and the learning of a
language equals the introduction into a culture.

Required texts and materials:

Hagen Schulze, Kleine Deutsche Geschichte

Harvard University Press 1998, ISBN 3-423-30703-X

Hagen Schulze, Germany: A New History

Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag 1998
ISBN 0-674-00545-7