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History 321

History 321
Dr. Dennis
Fall 2009 

First: Can you name the 19th-Century German Artists, Composers, and Writers above? (Key below.)

After this course, you will certainly  be able to identify and think about them, and many other major figures.  

"19th Century Germany" might sound a bit boring, but this was THE era of modern cultural and intellectual development and the Germans were right in the middle of it all.  


This course will investigate major themes of nineteenth-century German history.  Against the background of political and social developments such as the Napoleonic Wars, the Restoration, the Revolution of 1848, the unification of Germany, the German Empire under Bismarck and Wilhelm II, and events leading to the First World War, we will carefully consider responses to these issues by leaders in German cultural life. 
Using literary textsas well as visual arts and musicwe will investigate intellectual currents under the following headings: Enlightenment & Classicism, Storm and Stress, Romanticism, Young Germany vs. Biedermeier, Socialism & Realism, Gründerzeit, Volkish Ideology,  “Nihilism” and Psychoanalysis, Symbolism & Expressionism, and Wilhelmine Culture.  Readings will include works by Lessing, Goethe, Heine, Marx, Wagner, Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, and Heinrich Mann.  Music will include works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Wagner, Brahms, Strauss, Mahler, and Schoenberg. 

Image Key:
Mozart, Beethoven, Nietzsche, Wagner, Mahler, Thomas Mann, Brahms, Heine, Marx

See more of the masters we will cover at this link.

Here is the syllabus from a previous session of the course.
( I have reduced the reading since.) 

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