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History of Germany, from Bismarck to the Berlin Republic (HI290)

Module Convenor and Seminar Tutor: Dr Colin Storer


Office: H321

Office hours: Mondays 1-2pm; Wednesday 10-11am or by appointment.


Wednesday 9-10 (OC1.06)


Wednesday 11-12 (H1.02)

Friday 11-12 (H3.02)

Today we are used to thinking of Germany as a peaceful, prosperous and stable democracy, at the heart of Europe politically and economically as well as geographically. But for much of its modern history the picture was very different. A comparative latecomer to statehood, in the 170 years of its existence as a nation-state Germany experienced a dramatic transformation from a maverick to a model state which took in war, dictatorship, occupation and division, as well as rapid industrial development (twice), a dynamic civil society and intense cultural and intellectual experimentation.

This 30 CATS optional second year undergraduate module examines the history of Germany from Unification in 1871 to the Berlin Republic of Angela Merkel. Students will consider the political, social and cultural history of modern Germany from a variety of historical perspectives in order to understand why in Germany the past is so important to an understanding of the present. We will look at the rise and fall of political ideas and regimes, economic developments, issues of citizenship and ethnicity, attitudes towards gender and sexuality, and how all these affected the lives of ordinary Germans. Along the way, students will have the opportunity to conduct their own research and write a piece of Germany's history.

Please note that the module code for this module was previously 'HI136', but was amended to 'HI290' in the summer of 2015 for the start of the 2015/16 academic year.


Demonstrating Communists 1920s

Women amidst the Rubble