Aims/Description: This course will look at the fascinating and rapid transformation of German society in the pivotal era from the Kaiserreich to the Weimar Republic. Key issues are socialism, feminism, militarism, and totalitarianism as well as gender norms and expectations. Students will explore questions such as: how did all women and working men get the vote; how were traditional concepts of masculinity and femininity transformed into the androgynous and athletic ideal of the Weimar era; how did the Nazis manage to sell their evil ideology to the German people? By the end of the module students will have wide-ranging knowledge of the Kaiserreich and the Weimar Republic, have a good understanding of the effect of social and political upheaval on gender roles and be in a position to offer a critical analysis of the relation between popular movements, ideologies and politics.

Staff Contact: DE BERG HENDRIK
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Presentation

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK