HST2504: Two Germanys, 'One People'? Central Europe, 1945-1990

20 credits (semester 2)

Module Leader: Dr Andrew Tompkins

 

Module Summary

In 1989-90, German 'reunification' brought together populations changed by 40 years of different lived experiences, within borders that had not bounded any previous German state. This module examines the social, political, and cultural history of East and West Germany in comparative perspective, focusing on how they related to one another as well as to pre-1945 German history. Special emphasis will be placed on relationships with European neighbours, allied superpowers, and migrant populations in order to show how contemporary Germany has been shaped by transnational processes and how non-Germans have likewise helped define what it now means to be 'German'.

Aims

This module aims to provide a chronological overview of post-WWII German history, focusing on considerations relevant to the study of European history in the same time period more broadly. You should gain a deeper understanding of the different political and economic conditions under social market democracy and real existing socialism as well as knowledge of overarching processes capable of affecting lived experience in both contexts in analogous ways (e.g. consumerism, migration). This Option Module will also encourage you to question the parameters of national history by examining how territory, population, and national identity have varied over time and how the nation-state relates to spatial constructions at other levels of scale.

Teaching and Assessment

Information on assessment can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level2

 

Intended Learning Outcomes
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