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The major objective of this course is to provide a basic understanding of German politics and its role in the international arena.
Historical background: Weimar Republic and the birth of fascism. Historical background: The growth of fascism and the Nazi regime. Germany after the Second World War: East-West division. Germany’s principles: Peace, security and refusal of German special roads. Germany and Europe – Germany in Europe. Control through partnership; cooperation through integration with the EC. Ostpolitik. Germany after the End of the Cold War – hoping for unification. Unification process – From two become one. Germany and Europe – peace and development through integration. Germany’s role today.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Describe different phases of the historical evolution of modern Germany
2. Recite the Weimar Republic and critically evaluate the birth and growth of fascism
3. Compare German politics during and after the Nazi regime
4. Explain German politics and foreign policy after the end of the Second World War
5. Depict the division and the reunification process
6. Evaluate the change from “Bonn Republic” to “Berlin Republic”
7. Portray and assess German politics and foreign policy after the end of the Cold War
8. Discuss “continuity” and “change” in German politics and foreign policy