Germanic Languages | Introduction to German Cultural History
G363 | 7600 | 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. 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 music, 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
Hagen Schulze, Kleine Deutsche Geschichte, Fischer Taschenbuch 2008
ISBN-10: 3423343605
ISBN-13: 978-3423343602

Hagen Schulze, Germany: A New History, Harvard univ. Press 2001
ISBN-10: 0674005457
ISBN-13: 978-0674005457