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Amity, Antagonism and Appeasement: Anglo-German Relations, 1871-1945 (HI3G7)

Tutor: Dr Colin Storer

Office: H321

Office Hours:TBC

Email: c dot storer at warwick dot ac dot uk

  • Mondays 3-5pm LIB 1
  • Fridays 9-11am, OC0.02
Module Overview:

Sometimes friendly, sometimes hostile, always complicated, the relationship between Britain and Germany has been of central importance to the United Kingdom’s relations with continental Europe since the end of the nineteenth century. No other modern European state has inspired such a variety of responses – fear, admiration, envy, and revulsion – or been regarded by turns as such a valued partner or deadly enemy. Nor has any other relationship had such an enduring fascination for historians.

This 30 CATS undergraduate final year module will explore the development of Anglo-German relations between 1871 (the unification of Germany) and 1945 (the end of the Second World War) with the aim of showing why the relationship between Britain and Germany was so important to the histories of both nations. Students will use a wide range of primary sources to survey a variety of Anglo-German encounters and interactions in the political, social and cultural spheres and examine the ways in which personal contact and relationships shaped wider public attitudes and official policy. This will include an examination of travel and tourism, family ties, professional associations and cultural exchange. We will also look at the creation and perpetuation of stereotypes and the role that these played in defining national identities. In this way students will examine the complexity and ambiguity of the Anglo-German relationship as it developed over a period of dramatic political, economic and social change and be encouraged to consider the ways in which it continues to inform British attitudes towards Germany and Europe.

Student Feedback:
  • "The logical structure of the module allows for one week's learning to build upon the previous weeks in an effective way. This module has also had overlap with current and past modules I have studied, which compliments my understanding of the topic. (2018/19)
  • "This module is a lot more varied than other History modules in terms of the structure of the seminars - there is a greater use of sources that we engage with throughout, which I really enjoyed." (2019/20)
  • "There was a good level of class discussion and debate within the seminar, which helped me significantly in understanding topics and themes. A big part of this was the student-led seminar sessions, which helped foster a more relaxed atmosphere within the classroom, enabling engaging discussion." (2019/20)

  • "The reading has most of the time been really interesting which makes the module enjoyable." (2019/20)
  • "Very pleasantly surprised with module overall; hadn't been too excited about it at the beginning of the year but is now potentially my favourite module. Very well taught." (2019/20)
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