German History 1918 - Present Day

Ref: C2523664

1919 - The Treaty of Versailess: short and long term effects, aggrieved parties, the Weimar Govt, successes and why it ultimately failed ; the Rise of Hitler; the traditional and revisionist views of Nazi German and World War 11; 1945 Zero Hour, and Allied Control ' we come as victors, not as liberators.; the Cold War as it affected West Germany and Berlin ; the reasons for West Germany's rapid post war recovery to become the dominant economci power in Europe ; Adenhauer and post Adenhauer Germany; succeses and strains ; the fading 'economic miracle'; Ost Politic and reconcilement with Russia; the foundation, nature and collapse of the German Democratic Republic;' a United Germany under Angela Merkel and present and future economci and social strains .

Course aim

The chronology and interpretation of German History from the Versailles Settlement 1919 to the premiership of Angela Merkel

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Be aware of the chronology of events in Modern Germany 1919 -2018
  • Be able to challenge stereotypes e.g the Germans are efficient and hard working;
  • Understand how Germany benefitted from facing total defeat in 1945
  • An understandingf of historical method and the way revisionist views emerge
  • The centrality of the Common Market and European Commission to Germany

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • The aim is to run classes on a seminar basis - the reading of pre-prepared materials and dicussion of them and issues raised by class member.;

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
  • Class members ar encouraged to prepare and present issues that have arisen and for which they have some general or specilist knowledge.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A reading list is available. It includes: James Hawes The Shortest History of Germany; AJP.Taylor Sarajevo to Potsdam; James Holland The War in the West 1939 -1941 William Carr A History of Germany 1815 -1990

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • In the past members have been advised to look at Open University Courses.

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German History 1918 - Present Day


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