The Making of Europe: The Long 20th Century
Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
05 August 2019
16 August 2019
Where better than the thrilling city of Berlin to study the making of Europe in the 20th century? You will not only explore the background and history of the World Wars and the era leading up to it, but you will also be introduced to the Interbellum, the Cold War, and the relations of Europe with Russia and the USA. Several excursions will be organised in which you will visit some of the most iconic German landmarks.
Many deeply impacting developments occurred over the course of the 20th century. During this course you will survey and analyse the political, socio-economic and cultural developments that shaped Europe in the long 20th century. Special emphasis will be given to Germany's role in the middle of the continent, to the historical origins of the European Union and to its present troubles. The City of Berlin, with all its tangible remains, will be dealt with as a city of crisis with great promises for a better future. We will start with a look back on the 19th century. Then we will analyse the destructive forces of imperialism and colonialism of the 20th century. Totalitarianism, culminating in the terror regimes of Stalin and Hitler as well as the lessons learnt after 1945, will be in the focus of our interest during the middle of the course. Towards its end we will try to identify the democratic values that have shaped the rebirth of Europe and discuss the challenges present-day Europe is faced with. We will end our course with a reflection on Europe's place in the global, multi-polar world of the 21st century. Being such a crucial city in Europe’s modern history, Berlin is not only the most perfect location for this course, it is also one of the most vibrant and bustling cities in Europe nowadays. Several excursions will be organised in which you will visit some key historic sites in the city.
The course is open to all students from different fields of study with an interest in culture, society and politics. Further, the course requires a minimum language proficiency of B2 in English.
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
• Describe and evaluate different theories and conceptualisations of the historic development of Europe, with specific attention for Germany
• Show an understanding of various historic monuments and their relation to historic developments
• Demonstrate an understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the European developments
• Demonstrate this critical knowledge and understanding in written and verbal form.
48 contact hours (6 per day)
Students must attend classes, actively engage in class discussions, and regularly contribute ideas to the class to successfully complete this course. There will also be a final exam.
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