Divided Germany 1945-1990 (HIH1537)

15 credits

Spanning the years from the aftermath of the Second World War to the end of the Cold War, this module focuses on a turbulent but fascinating era in German history. The division of Germany between two competing power blocs during the Cold War undoubtedly influenced the histories and development of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic, but as this module will show, both Germanies underwent significant economic, political, social and cultural transformations in their own right, and also had to contend with the legacies of Nazism and the aftermath of WWII.  Through examining speeches, testimonies, photographs, police and diplomatic reports and other kinds of sources, and by using close comparisons between the two Germanies in many cases, the module will not only introduce students to German history between 1945 and 1990, but will also engage with the complexities of contemporary history (Zeitgeschichte).