Nation-Building & Democratization from the 19th to the 21st Century: Germany Between Western & Eastern Europe
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This course is an introduction to important periods and problems of nation-building, state-formation, and democratization in Germany from the 19th to the 21st century in a comparative European context. The main periods covered in the course include the pre-unification era before 1871, Imperial Germany, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the divided Germany after World War II, and the new united Germany. Our main focus will be on the various concepts and models of state, nationhood, and democracy. Using the example of Germany, we will take a closer look at how nation building functions, how nations can be organized politically, and what influence the unification of Germany has had on international relations. Comparisons will especially be drawn between Germany and France, Poland, and Italy.