German Political Thought: Revolutions, Wars, and Walls Coming Down
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The course examines the patterns of German political thought from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. It will focus on the relation between German history and politics on the one hand, and German political philosophy and literature on the other. Focusing on responses to the ‘German question’ in literature and philosophy, this course will also give you an idea of the historical background of this national discourse. We will use texts from political philosophy and history as well as literature and poems, and we will use films too. Historically, the course will range from German classics, the Weimar Republic and Nazism to the political culture of contemporary Germany. There will also be at least two field trips (Haus der Wannsee Konferenz, Haus der Demokratie, film, theatre or exhibition).