At long last, here is the syllabus for Hist 635-002, Germany in the Age of Extremes.
Here are the required books for Germany in the Age of Extremes, 1914–1991. There will also be articles and primary sources, but I had to start with these books because of a deadline with the bookstore.
- Mary Fulbrook, A History of Germany 1918-2008: The Divided Nation, 3rd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.
- Roger Chickering, Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914–1918, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2004.
- Detlev J. K. Peukert, The Weimar Republic, trans. Richard Deveson, Hill and Wang, 1993.
- Peter Frizsche, Life and Death in the Third Reich, Belknap Press, 2009.
- Richard Bessel, Germany 1945: From War to Peace, Harper, 2009.
- Frank Biess, Homecomings: Returning POWs and the Legacies of Defeat in Postwar Germany, Princeton University Press, 2009.
- Uta G. Poiger, Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany, University of California Press, 2000.
- Dagmar Herzog, Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany, Princeton University Press, 2007
- Paul Betts, Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic, Oxford University Press, 2013 (reprint).
- Jonathan Zatlin, The Currency of Socialism: Money and Political Culture in East Germany, Cambridge University Press, 2008
Call for Applications
Archival Summer Seminar in Germany, June 23 – July 4, 2014
The Archival Summer Seminar, organized by the German Historical Institute, is a two-week program for advanced graduate students in German history and related fields. The seminar trains participants to read old German handwriting; it acquaints them with how German archives select and store documents; it familiarizes them with how to use German archives and libraries; and it provides a forum for students to network and discuss research methods.
Qualified applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a North American institution of higher education. They can come from any of a broad range of fields concerned with historical studies, including not only history, but also art history, literature, and musicology. It is open to advanced graduate students whose projects require that they consult source material in German archives and research libraries as well as handwritten materials in old German script. Preference will be given to those who have already chosen a dissertation topic and will reach ABD status shortly before or after the Archival Summer Seminar takes place. Prospective candidates must have excellent German reading and listening comprehension because all parts of the program will be conducted in German. The organizers will evaluate applicants’ German proficiency by telephone interview before participants are selected.
To apply, please email or mail the following materials to Mark Stoneman so that they arrive by January 31, 2014:
• cover letter;
• curriculum vitae;
• project exposé of no more than 3,000 words;
• graduate school transcript;
• if your transcript does not show ABD status (you have finished your courses and comprehensive exams), please also submit a letter (or email) from your department stating when you are expected to reach ABD status and begin your archival research;
• at least one letter of recommendation emailed or mailed directly by the recommender.
Participants will assemble in Germany the afternoon before the program begins and go their own ways the morning after it ends. The seminar includes July 4 because we have to work around several German holidays when German research facilities will be closed.
If you have any questions, contact Mark Stoneman by email.
Address: Mark Stoneman, German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC 20009
The report for the 2013 GHI archival summer seminar is finally available. Stay tuned for information about applying for the 2014 trip.
Here’s a description of the course I’m teaching next semester, Germany in the Age of Extremes, 1914–1991:
Eric Hobsbawm has famously called the period of history that began with the Great War in 1914 and ended with the collapse of the Union in 1991 “the age of extremes.” This label is especially apt for Germany, whose history includes two World Wars, hyperinflation and the Great Depression, the Nazi dictatorship and the Holocaust, division into ideological blocs under the threat of nuclear Armageddon, liberal democracy and abundance, and totalitarian communism and scarcity. Why did these things happen? How did they shape and reshape Germany and German society? This course will explore these and other questions in the historiography and primary sources. Along the way, students will produce short essays on the assigned readings and a longer bibliographical essay on a subject of their choosing.
I’m still working out the readings.
Here is the syllabus for the History 100 section I’m teaching this fall. I’m trying a somewhat different format this time. There will be five closed-book quizzes to cover the basic facts and keep people on track with their textbook readings and any small amount of lecturing I might do. Otherwise, there will be open-book midterm and final exams that emphasize primary source analysis and include more general historical synthesis and interpretation. The class sessions themselves will involve a lot of group discussions and individual practice with the sources that can appear on the exam. The course can have as many as fifty-five students, and this format should make it possible for all of them to engage repeatedly and meaningfully with the sources. They should also see a clear link between their own work, class activities, and what happens in the quizzes and exams.
Aug. 12, 2013: I updated the syllabus to include my office hours and changed the above link accordingly.