German History 1815 - 1919

Ref: C2523261

The course covers the stages of how the German State developed. From 1815 -1862 the process was largely an intellectual movement reflecting Europeam nationionalist sentiment. The period 1862 -1890 covers Bismarckian Germany and the Austro Prussian, Prussian Franco Wars and the problems in uniting the Protestant North with the Roman Catholic South , set against a period of rapid industrialisation. Fears of Britain , France and Russia will be seen in the German context. The Empire of Kaiser Wilhelm (Kaiser Bill) will be examined and the way that Europe, accordiring to recent historicial revisions 'sleep walked' into the First World War. The war will be considered and the implications of defeat for Germany resulting in the Treaty of Versaiiles 1919 and how it lay the foundations for the Second World War

Course aim

The course will cover German History 1815 to 1919 outlining and discussing the evolution of the various states that were to become Germany.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Be informed about the narrative of German History
  • Be aware of how the process happened by chance and circumstance as much as by any pre-conceived plan
  • How Bismarck, the architect of reunification was opposed to any expansion of the German state and was against Kaiser Wilhelm's ideal of ' a place in the Sun'
  • How the reaction of Britain, France and Russia with the 'entente cordial' led Germany to feel under threat - e.g. the total misreading of the threat posed by Russia pre 1914.
  • The impact of the First World War on Germany and Europe

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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German History 1815 - 1919 Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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