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On completion of this module, students
Will be able to analyze and evaluate conflicting historical interpretations of Modern German History
Will have acquired basic knowledge and understanding of some of the key historiographical debates about the Weimar Republic
Will have familiarized themselves with some of the most important concepts and methodological approaches to the history of art, politics and culture
Will have a fuller understanding of the rich secondary literature on the period.
Will have improved their ability to interpret primary sources
Will be able to relate the history of Weimar Germany to challenges facing contemporary democracies
Overview Topic List
1-2: Creating the Republic (2 lectures)
3-4: The World Upturned 1920-1923 (2 lectures)
5-6: The Republic Stabilized (2 lectures)
7-9: The end of the Weimar experiment (3 lectures)
10: Weimar’s modernity
Indicative weekly topic list:
Lecture 1: the end of the war and the revolution of 1918-19
Lecture 2: The Arbeitsrat für Kunst and the Novembergruppe
Lecture 1: 1919 the Weimar Constitution and the Versailles Treaty
Lecture 2: The Weimar Bauhaus
Lecture 1: from the Kapp Putsch to the Rathenau murder (1920-1922) – focus on political crises, political violence, revolutionary aftershocks, the murders of Erzberger/Rathenau, the Organization Consul, the law for the protection of the Republic
Lecture 2: Expressionist theatre and film; Berlin Dada
Lecture 1: The crisis year 1923.
Lecture 2: Industrial architecture in the Ruhr
Lecture 1: : The Republic Stabilized.
Lecture 2: Experiments in Sacred Architecture
Lecture 1: the ‘Golden years’ of the mid-1920s.
Lecture 2: Metropolitan architecture
Lecture 1: the origins of the end of the Republic.
Lecture 2: Neue Sachlichkeit painting
Lecture 1: The breakdown of the Weimar coalition: the 1929 economic crisis, the end of the Muller government, the start of the Bruning Chancellorship.
Lecture 2: Housing Reforms
Lecture 1: The end of the Weimar experiment 1. The end of the Weimar experiment 2: The end of the Bruning Chancellorship, the course of the Papen and Schleicher governments – street fighting, foreign policy, currency policy.
Lecture 2: The Dessau Bauhaus
Lecture 1: Weimar’s place in modernity.
Lecture 2: Fritz Lang’s cinema; Bauhaus Collaboration and Exile
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: Students will complete a final 2,000 word essay due at the end of the final week of the teaching term.||Week 11||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Reading Review. Students will write a one page review of one of the key recommended texts from the course literature.||Week 3||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: Mid-term essay. Drawing upon their book reviews, students will write a mid-term essay due at the end of the reading week and of no more than 1,500 words.||Week 6||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Students will receive individual feedback on each of their three written components.
|Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|