Germany since 1945:
Building Democracy in the Shadow of the Holocaust
Homepage for UCSB Hist 133C
mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
created Jan 10, 2000; last updated Mar. 21, 2000 [announcement
added Dec. 7, 2003]
Note Jan. 4, 2004: This page has been superceded by the
2004 website.; 2008: most recent course homepage
- Dec. 7, 2003: This course will be taught again in Winter
2004. It is currently full (40 students). If you want to be on a waiting list,
e-mail me (email@example.com).
I will be starting a new web page (and archiving this one) soon.
The readings (see also below: materials)
Mary Fulbrook, Divided Nation, ISBN: 0195075714
Heinrich Boll, Billiards at Half-Past Nine, isbn 0140187243
Peter Schneider, Wall Jumper, isbn 0226739414
Bernhard Schlink, The Reader, ISBN: 0375707972
exam study guide now available! Exam on Wednesday, 3/22, noon-2pm.
- Announcements regarding the final exam:
If there are any questions relevant to the whole class, I will post them as
announcements on this site on Tuesday, 3/21, before 5pm, or at the very latest
on Wednesday morning, at 10am.
- Tuesday, 3/21, noon, answers to questions regarding exam:
Typo: my spell check turned Honecker into "Honker" in
essay 2. Sorry.
You will be given two of the essay questions on the final, to choose one.
"Middle term sweep" in essay 3: can be anything from 2 to 50 years.
- Picking up your work
Final exams and any other work will be available in Prof. Marcuse's office
during Spring quarter.
Please try to pick them up during my office hours, xxxxx. If you would like
your work left in the envelope outside my door, or to arrange a different
pick-up time, send me an e-mail
or leave a note.
- The most useful things on this page are probably the links
page (for the journal assignment) and the lecture
- Questions about your grade?
Send me an e-mail and I will respond with your course grade.
Please note that I grade THE WORK YOU SUBMITTED, not you.
If you feel that the grade you received on your paper or exam does not correspond
to the quality of work that you submitted, you can either:
- OR: Write a page (or paragraph, whatever it takes) explaining WHY you
think your work deserves higher than the grade assigned to it. For papers,
please refer to the blue assignment sheet first, to make sure you did
the assignment. Then resubmit the work in question with your explanation,
and I will regrade it and get back to you.
Note that I may reduce your grade as well as raise it or leave it the same.
Be sure to put some contact address on your explanation sheet, so that I
can be in touch with you.
Headings on this web page
Lecture Handouts (links will be dead
until after lecture) (back to top)
What is Germany? Three Reichs, Two Democracies
Origins of Nazism: German "Special Paths"; see also overlay.
What was Nazism?--Views from Before and After
Hot Wash, Cold War: The Denazification Laundry
Women in West Germany
Foundations of the SED State; Heinrich
The 1950s in East and West
Boell discussion and Berlin Wall
The 1960s: Stagnating Socialism in the East
The 1960s: A "Sea Change" in the West?
Old Conservatives and New Radicals: Political and Cultural Tides of the
The 1970s as a Decade of Transition
Politics and Political Culture in the 1980s
1987-89: Cracks in the Iron Curtain
The Fall of the Berlin Wall, I (with chronological
L17 Prof. Helmut Dubiel, "Hitler's Children: Coping with the Past in the
The East German Revolution, II
Confronting "Nazism" in the 1990s
Interesting web sites (back to top)
On-line archive of East
German propaganda (excellent site at Calvin College)
The Life and Death of
the Berlin Wall (on-line exhibition hosted by the German Historical
Museum in Berlin)
and Reagan's 1987 speeches at the National Archives in Washington
of Germany today (by Microsoft encarta)
the Feb. 1945 Bombing of Dresden by the British National Archives Churchill
site [9/08: 2001 internet archive version; original link updated]
see also their "learning curve" exercise for schools on "Heroes
and Villians of the Twentieth Century" [updated 9/08]
Artworks stolen during Nazism and World War II: British
site, German site,
bibliography of materials (UC Berkeley library media center)
National Holocaust Memorial in Berlin
27, 2000 BBC summary report, with links
1995 NPR audio report on the unsuccessful first competition (4:30 mins,
26, 1999 Detroit News report
1999 audio report from NPR (4 mins, require Realaudio)
page on the competition, with photos
of the 8 finalist designs in Nov. 1997 (in German)
English summary of events (by Meera Deean, student at William's College)
30, 2000 BBC report on neo-Nazi protest against
Some on-line German history courses (back
Explore some of these on-line courses to see some of the different
emphases set by instructors of courses on post-1945 German history.
1945-1989 and 1989-present
(Washington College German 305, complex site with multimedia
Rogers, Univ. of South Alabama) (see also multimedia
handouts on Nazi period)
Maryland (Bjorn Krondorfer, "Holocaust: History, Meaning, Aftermath")
Virginia (Robert Leventhal, "Responses to the Holocaust")
manuscripts by Gerhard Rempel, Western New England College (from medieval
times to the present, very detailed!
Purchasing the Course Books (back
VivaSmart offers a comparison of prices
from various on-line vendors of textbooks, and at the university bookstore.
If you research or purchase you books this way, please let me know how
it was, for future reference.
99pp, available at GraphikArt in IV, ca. $10.
Textbook: Mary Fulbrook, The Divided Nation: A History of Germany, 1918-1990
(Oxford Univ. Press, 1992), $29.25/$21.95/$16.45. Textbook focusing on
the post-1945 period. DD240.F85 1992
Bernhard Schlink, The Reader [person who reads aloud] (1995), $11.
In the 1960s, a law students finds out his former lover was a Holocaust
perpetrator. PT2680.L54 V6713 1997 (Oprah's
Heinrich Böll, Billiards at Half-past Nine (1959), $12.95/9.70.
This novel examines how three generations of a German family confronted
the Nazi period and its aftermath. PT2603.O394 B513 1994
Various materials from 1998
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author: H. Marcuse
created Jan 10, 2000; last updated Mar. 21, 2000 [links to lecture outlines fixed 9/4/08]
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