German History Source Exploration Essays (sorted by date)


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1757.12.3 Frederick II's Battle of Leuthen speech; scan of original A 1757 pre-battle motivational speech: How did it come to be recorded? Andrew A. Garcia 2015-12-7
1800 The Origin and Principles of the American... The Origin and Principles of the American... On "The Origin and Principles of the American Revolution Compared With the Origins and Principles of the French Revolution" “translated from the German of Gentz; by an American Gentlemen” Ben Tompkins 2015-12-5
1813 In Hessian Lands In Hessian Lands Johann Gottfried Seume, “In Hessian Lands” (1813) Martin J. Olvera 2015-12-1
1830 The Altes Museum in Berlin The Altes Museum in Berlin From Royalty to Bourgeoisie: Exploring the Altes Museum Sara Marcus 2018-12-11
1831 Defense of the Civil Equality of the Jews Riesser's rebuttal to H.E.G. Paulus's "The Jewish National Distinctiveness" in the context of a national debate Candace Gladys Thomas 2019-1-4
1831 Riesser's defense of Jewish emancipation Riesser's defense of Jewish emancipation Examining Excerpts from Gabriel Riesser's (1806-1863) Pamphlet Proposing Civil Emancipation of Jews William Roberts 2015-12-5
1832.05.27 Wirth's Hambach Festival Speech Wirth's Hambach Festival Speech Rock the Cradle: Speakers and Cultural Importance of the Hambach Festival Jacob Weeks 2015-12-7
1836 On the Causes of Crime On the Causes of Crime Friedrich August Ludwig von der Marwitz: Excerpt from the Essay "On the Causes of Crime Getting out of Hand" (1836) Michael Angulo 2015-12-7
1843 Prince-Smith, "On Hostility To Trade" The Influences of Economic Liberalism in Mid-19th Century Prussia. Andrew Jacques Yves (JY) Melese 2018-12-11
1845-1848 "Constitution" in the Staats-Lexikon "Constitution" in the Staats-Lexikon Carl Theodor Welcker (1790-1869): Changes in the Staats-Lexikon after the 1848 Revolution Peter Crump 2015-12-7
1845 'Gewerbefreiheit' from Staats-Lexikon Uncovering Rotteck & Welcker's Staats-Lexikon Steven King 2018-12-11
1849 Württemberg Women Newspaper Call Lysistrata’s Daughters: Appeal by Married Women and Maidens of Württemberg to German Soldiers Dylan Kish 2018-12-11
1854 Observation on the Austrian Army Observation on the Austrian Army A Prussian Attaché's Critique of the True Austrian Army Douglas Cavette 2018-12-11
1861 Moltke's Memorandum on Battlefield Tactics Moltke's Memorandum on Battlefield Tactics Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800-1891), Memorandum on the Effect of Improvements in Firearms on Battlefield Tactics Eric Wiskocil 2015-12-5
1862-1879 Diplomatic Reminiscences of Lord Augustus Loftus Diplomat Comments on The Austro-Prussian War Wyatt Licht 2015-12-4
1862 Excerpt from Bismarck's "Blood and Iron" Speech A Tale of Iron and Blood: How “Iron and Blood” Evolved into “Blood and Iron” Sam Xinghao Li 2018-12-11
1863 Ferdinand Lassalle's Open Letter Ferdinand Lassalle's Open Letter For Themselves and By Themselves: A Theorization of Workers' Political Engagement Aurelien Macard 2018-12-11
1865-1878 What is German? Richard Wagner Source Exploration Gabriel Garvin 2015-12-5
1866.09.01 Bismarck's Idemnity Bill Bismarck's Idemnity Bill Bismarck's Political Power Play Tyler Shields 2015-12-1
1866 Women's Right to Earn a Living Louise Otto-Peters Women's Right to Earn a Living Jordan Cherry 2015-12-6
1869-1879 Lord Augustus Loftus Source Exploration: Prussia and the unification of Germany in 1866 in the eyes of Great Britain Nathan Auten 2015-12-7
1870-1872 German Sentiment before and after war with France Summary of Jacob Burckhardt's impression of the consequences of the war with France Andrew Cavarno 2015-12-7
1870 Original and Edited Versions of the Ems Dispatch Source Exploration: Original and Edited Versions of The Ems Dispatch Sarah Robertson 2016-3-17
1871.01.17 Bismarck remembers proclaiming the German Empire Bismarck remembers proclaiming the German Empire Discussions the day before the Kaiserproklamation at Versailles Ariana Cuevas 2018-12-11
1871 German Empire Proclamation Paintings German Empire Proclamation Paintings A Survey of Anton von Werner's Proclamation of the German Empire Paintings Berri Bottomley 2018-12-11
1873.02.11 Letter about Bismarck's Foreign Policy British Diplomat Odo Russell in Berlin Assesses Bismarck and his Post-Unification International Ambitions Zachary Haffner 2018-12-11
1878-10-21 Anti-Socialist Laws Bismarck's Anti-Socialist Laws as Seen by U.S. Newspapers Kylie Winthrop 2015-12-6
1880.04.11 Emil Lehmann Addresses Antisemitism Emil Lehmann Addresses Antisemitism Emil Lehmann Addresses Antisemitism Cameron Richey 2015-12-7
1882.12.19 Bismarck on Peace with Rome Bismarck on Peace with Rome Bismarck and the Kulturkampf Preston Damsky 2015-12-7
1885.01.10 "The Greedy Boy" cartoon "The Greedy Boy" cartoon John Tenniel's Depictions of Germany in the 19th Century Latham Guillory 2018-12-8
1888.02.06 Bismarck: "We Germans Fear God..." "We Germans Fear God and Nothing Else in the World!" Jackson Hall 2015-12-6
1890.03.18 Bismarck’s Letter of Resignation Media reports about Bismarck's Resignation compared to his letter Andrew Zaghi 2015-12-7
1890.07.01 Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty Anglo-German Treaty, or Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty Cailean Osborne 2015-12-1
1890 Terminating the Reinsurance Treaty Source Exploration Josthin Amado 2015-12-2
1891 Paul Göhre on Workers and Religion Paul Göhre on Workers and Religion Paul Gohre (1864 – 1924): Down, Out, and Undercover in a German Factory Ben Green 2018-12-11
1892-1914 Kneipengespräche im Kaiserreich; scan of original Hamburg Taverns and Undercover Police Surveillance 1892-1914 Veronica Blevins 2019-3-19
1899.12.11 Bülow's Reichstag Foreign Policy speech Bülow's Reichstag Foreign Policy speech "Hammer or Anvil": The Legacy of Bernhard von Bulow's "Dynamic Foreign Policy" Kate Mason 2018-12-11
1900 Depopulation of the Countryside Depopulation of the Countryside Germany's Forgotten Champion of Land Reform: Adolf Damaschke (1865-1935) Justin Allan Diaz Quimson 2019-3-19
1907 Definition of Kulturkampf Definition of Kulturkampf Eduard Hüsgen (1848-1912) defines Kulturkampf in his biography of Ludwig Windthorst (1812-1891) Shannon Easley 2015-12-4
1914.08.02 Heinrich Hoffmann's 'Feldherrnhalle' Photograph Heinrich Hoffmann's 'Feldherrnhalle' Photograph Nazi Propaganda: Creating the 'Myth of the Fuhrer' Jason Wittbrodt 2019-3-19
1914.08.02 Hitler at Feldherrnhalle Mass Rally Hitler at Feldherrnhalle Mass Rally The Third Reich From the Cutting Room Floor: Was Hitler at the Declaration of War? Aubrey Cox 2018-12-11
1914 Germany and the Next War Source Paper Summary: Friedrich Von Bernhardi – Germany and the Next War Daniel Politis 2015-12-7
1915 Briefe im Kriege Briefe im Kriege An Artist in WWI Writes to His Wife Brendan Moran 2018-12-11
1916 My Escape from Donington Hall My Escape from Donington Hall A Long Way Home: The Wartime Experiences of Gunther Plüschow Jimmy Friery 2019-3-18
1916 Philipp Witkop, Kriegsbriefe deutscher Studenten Philipp Witkop, Kriegsbriefe deutscher Studenten The Many Editions of Kriegsbriefe deutscher/gefallener Studenten Zachary Norlyn 2019-6-12
1917 The Zimmermann Telegram What prompted the US to enter WWI? Andrew Robbins 2015-12-7
1918.11.30 1918 Heinrich Zille sketch 1918 Heinrich Zille sketch Sketch of a Berlin wall with election posters, described by Peter Fritzsche in his 1998 book Germans into Nazis, p. 106. Harold Marcuse 2014-3-12
1918.11 Arnold Brecht on the November Revolution Arnold Brecht on the November Revolution A Weimar Liberal remembers the 1918 Revolution Peter Crump 2016-3-19
1923 Das Dritte Reich Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, Unaccredited Father of the Third Empire Nicholas Kmetz 2016-3-19
1923 Das Dritte Reich Das Dritte Reich The Man Who Invented the "Third Reich:" Arthur Moeller v. d. Bruck and Das Dritte Reich. Zheng Chen 2019-3-19
1926 Frauen als Käuferinnen; scan of original A Sexist Economist: Hanns F.J. Kropff James Mori 2019-3-17
1927 The Racial Elements of European History; scan of original The Racial Elements of European History Hans F.K. Günther (1891-1968): The Founder of Nazi Racial Doctrine Lawson McAdam Bell 2019-3-17
1929 "Marriage as a Psychological Problem" Helene Stöcker: A German Feminist's Fight to Achieve Social Equality Kandace De Young 2019-3-19
1929 This is the New Woman; scan of original Who was the "New Woman"? Veronica Leeman 2019-3-19
1930.09.10 Call to the German People Nazi Party Propaganda: An Exploration into a 1930 promotion for the Nazi Party by Adolf Hitler Trevor Griffith 2016-3-18
1931 The End of Reparations Hjalmar Schacht: Germany's Oracle of Finance Philippe Izsak 2019-3-20
1933.02.03 Curt Liebmann's Notes Notes on a Private Meeting: How Time Changes Perspectives on Hitler's Plan Christopher Archer 2019-3-18
1933.02.28 Reichstag Fire Finding the Truth in Two Germanys Ryan Tambanua 2019-3-19
1933.03.15-25 Goebbels’ speeches on propaganda, 1933 Goebbels’ speeches on propaganda, 1933 What propaganda meant to Joseph Goebbels and Nazi Germany Alex Nissani 2019-3-16
1933.04.04 Wear It with Pride, the Yellow Star Wear It with Pride, the Yellow Star Robert Weltsch and Jewish Zionism during the Third Reich Ricky Udink 2019-3-19
1933.05.10. Louis Lochner Description of Berlin Book Burning  Louis Lochner Description of Berlin Book Burning Unequal Media Coverage of the 1933 German Book Burnings: Berlin vs. Heidelberg Claire Schuster 2019-6-11
1933.05.10 Louis Lochner describes book burning Louis Lochner describes book burning A U.S. Journalist’s Impression of Berlin Book Burning Berri Lynn Bottomley 2019-3-19
1933.07.14 Law Preventing Hereditarily Diseased Offspring International Leaders and Medical Professionals Held Differing Views on German Sterilization Practices Aaron Hendizadeh 2019-3-19
1933 Berlin Transvestite Bar Closed by Police Berlin Transvestite Bar Closed by Police Nazis Shoot their Shot… at Eldorado Queer Bar Aryn Amezcua 2019-3-19
1934.10.21 Declaration of Independence from the Nazi State; scan of original Dahlem or Barmen? The spark that ignited the Confessing Church in Germany Owen Noga 2019-3-19
1936.12.01 Law on the Hitler Youth Law on the Hitler Youth The 1936 Hitler Youth Law: Not a Truly Compulsory Law Hannah Papazian 2016-3-18
1936. 09. Oldenburg-Januschau's Erinnerungen Oldenburg-Januschau's Erinnerungen Holding on to the Past: The Memoir of a Prussian Junker (1835-1937) Zheng Chen 2018-12-11
1937.02.18 On the Question of Homosexuality On the Question of Homosexuality The Roots of Homosexual Hatred in the Third Reich Ryan Sanders-Ebert 2016-3-18
1937.03.14 Pope Pius XI's Encyclical The Holy See and Hitler Orencio Robles 2019-3-19
1937.04.05 Meisinger Letter on "combating homosexuality" Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals Victor Ramirez 2019-3-19
1937 The House of German Art The House of German Art Conflicting Legacies: An Exploration of the House of German Art Sara Marcus 2019-3-19
1938.11.09 David Buffum's Report on Kristallnacht A Biography Unknown: Author of Well Cited Report on Kristallnacht Jackie Gerson 2019-3-16
1938 Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom) Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom) Teaching Hate Rhetoric: Der Giftpilz and the Indoctrination of Far Right-Wing Youth 1938-Present Cristina Perez 2016-3-19
1939.08.23 German-Soviet Nonaggression Treaty German-Soviet Nonaggression Treaty: A Source Exploration James Soares 2016-3-14
1939.08.23 German-Soviet Treaty of Non-Aggression German-Soviet Treaty of Non-Aggression The Western and Soviet Revelations of the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Treaty Sam Xinghao Li 2019-3-19
1939.08.23 Hitler-Stalin Pact Hitler-Stalin Pact The Hitler-Stalin Pact: How Documents are Captured, Restored, and Employed by Enemy World Powers Pierce Seymoure 2019-3-17
1939.08.23 The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact German-Soviet Non-Aggression: Hitler’s Bluff Tyler Shields 2016-3-18
1939.09.01 Hitler's Authorizaton of Euthanasia Program Hitler's Authorizaton of Euthanasia Program To Condemn a Death Sentence: A Historical Perspective on Nazi Euthanasia Patrick Spanel 2019-3-18
1939.10.28 Himmler's Secret Directive to the SS Himmler's Secret Directive to the SS October 28, 1939: Heinrich Himmler’s Minority View on Conventional Sexual Morality Robyn Foote 2016-3-18
1940.08.08 Stohrer, Memorandum Spain-Nazi Germany What Might Have Been: Spain's Possible Entry in WWII on the Side of the Axis Juan Torres 2019-3-16
1940 Der Menscheneinsatz – “The Human Effort” Der Menscheneinsatz – “The Human Effort” Heinrich Himmler’s Racial Agenda for the Captured East and the Complexity of Nazi Terminology. Jenny Sharp 2019-3-19
1941.11.15 Hitler's 1941 Purity Decree Himmler's Hunt of Homosexuals Emily Shishima 2019-3-15
1942.01.20 The Wannsee Protocol The Wannsee Protocol The Planning Behind Answering the "Jewish Question:" Is the Wannsee Protocol as Important as it has been interpreted to be? Corinne Chavez 2016-3-19
1942.01.20 The Wannsee Protocol The Wannsee Protocol Blueprint of Industrialized Genocide Kyle Shipe 2019-3-15
1942.06.09 Heinrich Himmler on Christianity A Nazi Repudiation of Christian Theology Isaiah You 2019-6-11
1943.01.31 Fifth Broadsheet of White Rose Fifth Broadsheet of White Rose Inge Scholl's Depiction of the White Rose and Her Siblings Brian Robarge 2019-6-14
1943.10.04 Himmler's Posen Speech Himmler's Posen Speech Different Views of the Posen Speech Latham Guillory 2019-3-17
1943.10.04 Speech to SS Officers Posen Himmler's Seceret Posen Speech: when "etermination" replaced "evacuation" Eilidh Macleod 2016-3-18
1944.07.20 Military Conspiracy to Assassinate Hitler The Memoir of an Anti-Nazi Conspirator: Fabian von Schlabrendorff’s Narrative Gives Insight into German Military Resistance to Hitler Tanner Warrick 2016-3-17
1944.09 Suggested Post-Surrender Program for Germany Suggested Post-Surrender Program for Germany Tracing the Origins and Demise of the Morgenthau Plan Jackie Gerson 2019-6-14
1944 Wetzler and Vrba Report Wetzler and Vrba Report The Wetzler-Vrba Report about Auschwitz Could Have Saved Many Aubrey Cox 2019-3-19
1945.04.29 Adolf Hitler's Final Political Testament Adolf Hitler's Final Political Testament Adolf Hitler's Final Words to the World Sarah Bitmouni 2016-3-18
1945.04.29 Hitler's Last Will and Testament Hitler's Last Will and Testament The Discovery of and Reactions to Hitler’s Last Words Neville Proudlove 2019-3-16
1945.07.03-1946.01.03 Farm Hall Transcript Farm Hall Primary and Secondary Source Analysis Bijan Saniee 2016-3-19
1945.08.06-1945.08.07 Operation Epsilon: Farm Hall Transcripts Operation Epsilon: Farm Hall Transcripts Operation Epsilon: The Nazi Atomic Question Unfolds Joe Waterman 2019-6-14
1945.08 Harrison Report The Harrison Report Jeremy Ginsberg 2014-3-21
1946-present "First they came for the communists ..." "First they came for the communists ..." Martin Niemoeller's Bystander's Credo: What groups did he name, in what order? Harold Marcuse 2014-3-19
1946.09.06 James Byrnes' Speech of Hope James Byrnes' Speech of Hope James F. Byrnes and the Turn in American Policy toward Germany Tyler Micel 2019-6-14
1946 Destroyed Crown Prince's Palace in Berlin Destroyed Crown Prince's Palace in Berlin Kronprinzenpalais: Witness to History Berri Lynn Bottomley 2019-6-13
1946 & 1961 Benedikt Kautsky Concentration Camp Hierarchy The Hierarchy Established by the SS in Concentration Camps; Benedikt Kautsky’s Contribution to Further Understanding Andrew A. Garcia 2016-3-19
1946 & 1961 The Devil and the Damned Benedikt Kautsky Testimony about Inmate Hierarchies Axel Alexis Mendez 2019-3-20
1948.01.22 Die Zeit editorial on Nuremberg trials; scan of original The Nuremberg Trials: Transitional Justice? Axel Mendez 2019-6-14
1948 A Female Doctor's Auschwitz Memoir A Female Doctor's Auschwitz Memoir A Female Jewish Gynecologist Describes Her Work in Auschwitz Haley Hamman 2019-6-12
1949 Alfred Döblin's memoir Destiny's Journey Alfred Döblin's memoir Destiny's Journey Alfred Döblin: The Conflict of Ideologies Catie Simpson 2019-6-12
1950.09.14 Home Guard instead of West German Army Home Guard instead of West German Army Post War West German Rearmament: An Army Born Out of Compromise Andrew G. Stuart 2019-6-12
1950 Brandes's Observation of the German Family Brandes's Observation of the German Family The Post-War German Family Aubrey Grandon 2019-6-12
1952.09.01 Lastenausgleich (Equalization of Burdens) Nazi Promise of Equalization Fulfilled in 1950s West Germany Josh Grigsby 2019-6-12
1952.09.10 Communique Regarding Restitution for Israel Germany’s 1952 Reparation Agreement With Israel In Newspaper Accounts Tony Martino 2019-6-13
1953.01.27 SED on the Junge Gemeinde SED on the Junge Gemeinde The Persecution of Young Congregations in East Germany Ryan Tambanua 2019-6-13
1953.07.25 Eisenhower to Adenauer about 1953 Uprisings Eisenhower says it wasn't us, the East Germans want freedom Alex Soudier 2014-3-20
1953 Danksagung / Giving Thanks Johannes Becher's Tribute to Josef Stalin Justin Allan Diaz Quimson 2019-6-14
1957 How Much Does a Date Cost? How Much Does a Date Cost? Finding Out How Much a Date Costs is Actually Harder Than You Think Arianna Dias 2019-6-14
1957 Ludwig Erhard, Prosperity for All Ludwig Erhard, Prosperity for All Wohlstand für Alle: The Motto of a Past World Ajay Bhatia 2019-6-11
1957 Ludwig Erhard, Wohlstand für Alle Ludwig Erhard, Wohlstand für Alle Economic Recovery and Distribution of Prosperity Through a Social Market Economy Alexis Lopez 2019-6-12
1961.06.04 Aide Memoire Khrushchev to Kennedy Khrushchev sends Kennedy a Reminder before the Berlin Wall Went Up Luis Aguilera 2014-3-24
1961 Photo of Adolf Eichmann at Trial Photo of Adolf Eichmann at Trial “Your Friendly Neighborhood Schutzstaffel: Eichmann, Arendt and the Banality of Evil” Patrick Spanel 2019-6-10
1962.08.17 DDR-Schießbefehl [GDR Order to Fire]; scan of original The Search for the Non-Existent One True Schießbefehl: Analyzing the German Democratic Republic’s 1962 Order to Fire Rachel Schneibel 2019-6-12
1963.06.26 JFK'S Speech in Berlin JFK'S Speech "Ich bin ein Berliner" Daniel Chong 2014-3-24
1963.06.26 JFK's Famous West Berlin Speech; scan of original JFK's Famous West Berlin Speech Kennedy overwhelmed by West Berlin enthusiasm: Great turnout for American president’s speech in front of Schöneberg City Hall Elisabeth Ruemke 2019-6-12
1963 “Tradition und Zukunft der Universität” “Tradition und Zukunft der Universität” Bildungkatastrophe: Catastrophic Educational System Needs Reform James Mori 2019-6-14
1968 Ulrike Meinhof From Protest to Resistance Ulrike Meinhof From Protest to Resistance How an Assassination Radicalized a Dissident Miki Itani 2014-3-19
1969.10.28 Willy Brandt's First Speech as Chancellor A Facts-Only Inaugural Speech Claudia Mazur 2019-6-15
1969 Inside the Third Reich The Tangled Web: The Personal and Public Lies of Albert Speer Samuel Fall 2016-3-18
1970 Inside the Third Reich Albert Speer: Architect of Mass Destruction Lorena Sanchez 2016-3-22
1977 Rock 'n' Roll & German Teenagers Rock 'n' Roll & German Teenagers Rock 'n' Roll in Germany Through Udo's Eyes Sasha Krnic 2019-6-8
1987.06.10 East German Rock Riot Turns Political East German Rock Riot Turns Political Rock Beats Bricks Aryn Amezcua 2019-6-12
1987.06.12 President Reagan Brandenburg Gate Speech President Reagan Brandenburg Gate Speech The Legacy of a Speech: Exploring Public Responses to President Reagan's Speech at the Brandenburg Gate over the Decades Emily Beneduce 2019-6-8
1987.06.12 Ronald Reagan's Berlin Wall Speech Ronald Reagan's Berlin Wall Speech Luis Arinaga 2014-3-20
1987.07.12 Reagan's Brandenburg Gate Speech Reagan's Brandenburg Speech Source Exploration Ieva Brundzaite 2014-3-21
1990.01.15 Storming of Stasi Headquarters Storming of Stasi Headquarters Alessio Peterson 2014-3-20
1991.09.17-1991.09.23 Hoyerswerda Riots of 1991 Source Exploration- Hoyerswerda Riots of 1991 Katherine Sebas 2014-3-20
1998 Jewish Teenager Remembers the 1936 Berlin Olympics Jewish Teenager Remembers the 1936 Berlin Olympics Jesse Owens: Hero of the 1936 Berlin Olympics Melissa Clark 2016-3-19
2001.11.01 Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered A Trans-National Memoir of a Girls Experience During and After the Nazi Era: The Shifting Views from a Lifetime of Remembrance Jasmine McCoy Schwartz 2016-3-17
2003 Gretel Bergmann's memoir of Berlin Olympics Newfound Intrigue about Gretel Bergmann Shannon Easley 2016-3-18