Required: Students should procure copies of the required texts in advance of our first meeting. To supplement the primary texts, I will place materials on our online course page. Required texts are:
- Martin Kitchen, A History of Modern Germany, 1800-2000, 2nd ed. (Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
- John C. G. Röhl, Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise Life (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
- Peter Fritzsche, Germans into Nazis (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998).
- Christopher R. Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (New York: Harper Perennial, 1998).
- Timothy Garton Ash, The File: A Personal History (New York: Vintage, 1998).
- Jules R. Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History, 12th ed. (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013).
Reference: Some members of our course may wish to consult reliable reference volumes that provide more detail than Kitchen’s A History of Modern Germany. Useful texts include:
- James J. Sheehan, German History, 1770-1866 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).
- Gordon A. Craig, Germany, 1866-1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).
- Mary Fulbrook, A History of Germany, 1918-2014: The Divided Nation, 4th ed. (Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015).
Recommended: I particularly recommend the following texts for improving research techniques, grammar, prose style, and argumentation respectively.
- Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, Joseph Bizup, and William T. Fitzgerald, The Craft of Research, 3rd ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008).
- Blanche Ellsworth and John A. Higgins, English Simplified, 13th ed. (New York: Pearson, 2013).
- Wilson Follett, Modern American Usage: A Guide, rev. Erik Wensberg (New York: Hill and Wang, 1998).
- Joseph M. Williams and Gregory G. Colomb, The Craft of Argument, 3rd ed. (New York: Pearson, 2007).
Films: Students will be required to view two films. I will arrange screenings.