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GM1122 German History and Culture

Terms 1-2


Essay: 40%, 1,200-1,500 words; Exam: 60%

Plus a formative piece of work, not counting towards the final mark.


The course presents key developments in German history through the lens of literature and the visual arts, in a lively and accessible way. Students will gain an insight into German culture and history from 1800 to the present, and acquire skills and knowledge that will serve them throughout their degree. Works by numerous writers and artists will feature.

Recommended Background Reading 

Allinson, Mark, Germany and Austria since 1814 (London: Arnold, 2014).

Berghahn, Volker, Modern Germany: Society, Economy and Politics in the Twentieth Century (Providence/Oxford: Berg, 1987).

Berghahn, Volker, Imperial Germany 1871-1914, Economy, Society, Culture and Politics (Providence/Oxford: Berg, 1994).

Breuilly, John (ed.), Nineteenth-Century Germany: Politics, Culture and Society 1780-1918 (London: Hodder/Arnold, 2001).

Fulbrook, Mary, A Concise History of Germany (Cambridge: CUP, 2004).

Fulbrook, Mary,  A history of Germany, 1918-2008: The Divided Nation (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015).

Ó Dochartaigh, Pól, Germany since 1945 (Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). 


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