UCSB Hist 133A
"19th Century Germany"
note: this course was last taught in 1993; there will be many changes
3515 Phelps, MWF 11:00-11:50
This lecture course will present and analyze the central aspects
of the German history from 1900 to the present, including:
-the impact of the French Revolution on the German states,
-mass movements in early 19th century Germany,
-"pre-March" and the revolution of 1848
-the processes of unification and industrialization,
-the workers' and women's movements in the second half of the century
-the nature of the Bismarkian state
-foreign policy under Bismark
-William II's "personal regime" after the fall of Bismark
-fundamental transformations at the end of the century.
-There will be three written assignments, each at least 600 words
(about 3 pages) long.
They are due at the beginning of class on the set date. Work submitted after that time will be reduced by 5% (B to B-, etc.) that day and each day thereafter.
Note that this course fulfills the General Education Writing Requirement. Failure to submit any of the papers will result in failing this course.
-There will be a midterm examination on Oct. *, consisting of 2/5 IDs and one source interpretation.
-The final exam will consist of 5/9 IDs, one source interpretation,
and one essay question.
For the essay question study questions will be distributed in advance.
Assignments 1-3: 20% each / midterm quiz: 15% / final exam: 25%.
Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life , trans. by Peter Preuss (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1980), 64pp., ca. $5.
Hagen Schulze, The Course of German Nationalism From Frederick the Great to Bismarck, 1763-1867 , trans. by Sarah Hanbury-Tenison (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1991), 174pp., ca. $13.
Heinrich Mann, Man of Straw [Der Untertan, 1918] (New York: Penguin, 1984), 300pp., ca. $12.
A course reader will be available from the Alternative Copy Shop on Pardall Road in Isla Vista.
1. Introduction: Central Themes
2. The "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation"
3. 18th century Germany: Absolutism and Enlightened Despotism
4. Germany, the French Revolution, and French Hegemony
5. Discussion; first written assignment due
6. Reform and Liberation, 1807-1815
7. The Political Reconstruction of Europe: The Vienna Congress
8. Social Restoration: Reactionary Politics in the 1820s
9. The Emergence of a New Social Order: 1830-1848
10. Discussion of Nationalism; 2nd assignment due
11. The Revolutions of 1848
12. 1848: Theory and Historiography
13. The post-1848 Reaction, Bismarck's Early Years
14. Industrialization and the Social Question
16. German Liberalism, 1860-1914
17. The Labor Movement and Social Democracy
18. The Women's Movement
19. Bismarck and the Wars of Unification
20. Domestic Affairs under Bismarck, 1871-1890
21. Foreign Policy under Bismarck; "Imperialism"
22. William II
23. The 1890s: A Decade of Transition
24. Final paper due; discussion Man of Straw
25. Nationalism II; "Mitteleuropa"
26. Cultural and Intellectual Currents
27. Associations in Imperial Germany
28. The Road to World War I
29. Germany's "Special Path"