German History, 1900 – 1945: The Fascination of Fascism

Hitler-Putsch, München, Marienplatz

Harold Marcuse
University of California, Santa Barbara

This lower-division course investigates important features of German history from the end of the 19th century to the end of World War II, including the consequences of Germany’s industrialization under Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm, World War I and the revolution that ended it, Germany’s first attempt at democracy during the Weimar Republic, how Hitler was shaped by and shaped German history, life in Nazi Germany, and important aspects of World War II, the Holocaust, and their legacies.

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