Berlin 1815-1914

Ref: C2346581

An exploration of the history of Berlin in the 19th century from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the First World War. We'll also look briefly at how Berlin grew in importance over preceding centuries. The course will cover major changes in the layout of the city and the growth of the railways which allowed industrial expansion, and how the city was "modernised" in other ways, with many new building projects, leading it to be compared to an American city at the end of the century. Also covered are cultural developments, political events, including the revolution in 1848 which briefly saw the creation of an German empire for all German-speaking states, and some of the personalities based in the city during this period.

Course aim

To focus on various aspects of the history of Berlin as capital of Brandenburg, Prussia and then Germany (from 1871). How the city's role as a capital became enhanced through architectural, technological and cultural developments.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe how the Quadriga on top of the Brandenburg Gate was subtly altered in 1815 after General Blucher had brought it back from Paris
  • Outline some of the causes of the 1830 and 1848 uprisings
  • Assess the importance to Berlin of the creation of the German Empire in 1871

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You might find some means of taking notes useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Berlin 1815-1914


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