Germany since 1866
Dr. Bernard Cook
Bobet 427
Fall 2002

Office Hours:
MWF 8:00-9:15
MWF 12:30-1:20
MW 2:30-3:40
You are welcome to come by at other times as well.

This course will survey significant German political, diplomatic, social, and economic developments since 1866. Goals: The student will know, understand, and be able to explain and discuss these developments, will write a well researched, well organized and grammatically correct research paper.

Required Reading:

Orlow, A History of Modern Germany
Friedrich, Before the Deluge
Browning, Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers
Stent, Germany and Russia Reborn

Have the readings read by the date indicated on the syllabus.

Other Course Requirements:

I require and expect punctual attendance. After the third absence your final grade will be lowered six points for each additional unexcused (I determine the validity of the excuse) absence. The first three absences are counted whether excusable or not. I determine the validity of excuses. On the eighth absence (except for very exceptional circumstances, of which I will be the judge) you will receive an F for the course.

Students who arrive late disturb class. It is better to come late than to miss class, but I expect an explanation for late arrival. Late arrivals will be tolerated only in exceptional cases, and only one or two times. If you arrive after the role has been taken, you must offer your excuse after the class. If your excuse is acceptable to me, you will be counted present. If you miss the roll, it is your responsibility to let me know after class that you were present. If you do not let me know immediately after class, the absence registered by your name will not be removed. The third time that a student arrives after class has begun that student is required to come to my office to offer an explanation or that and any subsequent late arrival will be counted as absences.

Students may leave class only for extraordinary reasons and must offer an explanation after class or they will be counted absent.

Make-up will only be given for reasons, which I regard as serious. A rescheduled test will be given only if you notify me within 24 hours of the test, stating the reason for your absence. If I regard your excuse to be legitimate, I will at that time schedule a time for the make-up. Make-up tests as a rule will be more difficult than the original test.


A research paper is due on November 18. Anything less than eight pages or more than twelve pages will not be accepted. You are to submit your proposed title in written form to me for approval no later than September 20. A typed provisional bibliography [in proper bibliographical form--See department of History style sheet if you are uncertain] and a description of what you intend to do [in a single paragraph] are to be submitted to me by October 4. These two sheets must be attached to the end of your completed paper. There will be penalties for failing to meet these deadlines. November 18 is a firm final deadline!

The paper must be typed, and neatly done. I highly recommend that you use a MAC in the computer lab. Penciled or penned-in corrections are completely unacceptable. I will not accept anything less than a finished product. Returned papers will be penalized. Proper academic form (including endnotes) must be followed. A research paper requires reference notes for quotes, paraphrases, and perspectives and non-general information drawn from particular sources. Do not use the so-called social-scientific mode of footnoting. (If you have any doubt about proper form consult the History Department Style Sheet, which is available to you at no cost on the History Department web site and in the plastic wall dispenser next to the department utility room.) Correct spelling and grammar are expected. You will be graded on these as well as content and development. Do not use unattributed web sources. Some books and/or scholarly journals must be utilized. The papers are to be lucid, coherent, well thought-out, and well developed. Plagiarism will result in an F on the paper and an F for the course. Any unattributed use of five words in sequence written by someone other than yourself constitutes plagiarism. Unattributed paraphrasing also constitutes plagiarism. You may be asked to bring your sources to my office.

It should not be necessary to state that a "research" paper without footnotes will receive an automatic F. There is a minimum of four sources. Textbooks and general encyclopedias do not count as sources. It is necessary to indicate the source of ideas, interpretations, and information beyond that found in an ordinary encyclopedia or survey textbook.

This schedule is subject to verbal revision in class:

Tentative Schedule:

26 Introduction.
28 Legacy of Prussia and the Holy Roman Empire.
30 The Age of Metternich and 1848.
2 Holiday
4 Orlow Chapter 1.
6 Bismarck
9 Bismarck
11 Wars of Unification.
13 Wars of Unification.
16 Orlow Chapter 2.
18 Orlow Chapter 2.
20 Orlow Chapter 3.
23 Orlow Chapter 3.
25 "All Quiet on the Western Front."
27 "All Quiet on the Western Front."
30 Test.

2 Holiday
4 The coming of the war.
7 Orlow Chapter 4.
9 Orlow Chapter 4.
11 Orlow Chapter 5.
9 Orlow Chapter 5.
11 Orlow Chapter 6.
14 Hitler
16 Hitler's rise to power; Orlow Chapter 7.
18 "Führer, Seduction of a Nation."
21 Discuss Friedrich.
23 Discuss Friedrich; 'Triumph of the Will."
25 Orlow Chapter 8.
28 The Holocaust.
30 Test
1 Holiday
4 "Concentration Camps."
6 Discuss Browning.
8 Anschluss/ Munich.
11 Poland.
13 War
15 Orlow Chapter 9.
18 Orlow Chapter 9.
20 Orlow Chapter 10.
22 Orlow Chapter 11.
25 Orlow Chapter 12.
27 Holiday
29 Holiday

2 Discuss Stent.
4 Discuss Stent.

Approximate value of work:

Friedrich Quiz and discussion………………8%
Browning Quiz and discussion………………8%
Stent Quiz and discussion…………………….8%
Test 1………………………………………………..15%
Test 2……………………………………………..…20%
Test 3…………………………………………..……25%
Research Paper………………………………….16%
Meaningful participation in discussions will result in extra points.

Grading scale:

This is not a Common Curriculum Course.

Students with disabilities who wish to receive accommodations in this class should contact Disability Services at 865-2990 as soon as possible so that warranted accommodations can be implemented in a timely fashion. Disability Services are located in the Academic Enrichment Center, Monroe Hall 405.

Paper topics:
The Military Aspects of the Franco-Prussian War
The Formation and Development of the Von Schlieffen Plan
The Battle of Verdun
Germany and Belgium in World War I
Prisoners of War in Germany During World War I
Forced Labor in Germany during World War II
The Berlin Wall
The French Occupation of the Ruhr
The Great Inflation
The Spartacist Revolt
Opposition to the War in World War I Germany
German War Aims in World War I
German War Aims in World War II
German Atrocities in Belgium in World War I
German Treatment of its Polish Population 1871-1914
Socio-Economic Status of Germany's Jews
US Press on Establishment of the German Empire
US Press on the Outbreak of World War I
US Press and the First World War
US Press and Submarine Warfare in World War I
US Press on the German Revolution
US Press on Versailles Treaty
US Press on Hitler's Coming to Power
US Press/ or Congressional Record and Hitler's Germany during the 1930s
Nuremberg Trial
Nuremberg Trials (Industrialists etc)
Denazification Campaign in US Occupation Zone
European Attitudes on the Reunification of Germany in 1990
Switzerland and the Third Reich (the Holocaust)
Gypsies and the Holocaust
Jehova Witnesses and the Holocaust
The Trird Reich and Homosexuals
German Sympathy among the Arabs during World War II
Hitler's Economic Policy in the 1930s
German Involvement in the Spanish Civil War
Catholic Church and the Third Reich
Catholic Church and the Holocaust
Turks in Germany
Guest Workers in Germany
The Radical Right in Germany since Reunification
The Party of Democratic Socialism
The German Green Movement
The German Blacks
The Battle of Kursk
The Battle of Stalingrad