Stasiland: Germany behind the Iron Curtain (1949 – 1991)

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Stasiland: Germany behind the Iron Curtain (1949 – 1991)

<p>The former German Democratic Republic (GDR), was founded 1949 on the ruins of Hitler’s Third Reich. The Communist GDR was for 40 years a western outpost of the Soviet sphere of influence during the

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The former German Democratic Republic (GDR), was founded 1949 on the ruins of Hitler’s Third Reich. The Communist GDR was for 40 years a western outpost of the Soviet sphere of influence during the Cold War. Explore the history, politics, culture and social life of the ‘other’ German state.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Fulbrook, Mary, The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker, New Haven / London: Yale University Press, 2008
  • Funder, Anna, Stasiland, Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2003
  • Taylor, Frederick, The Berlin Wall, London: Bloomsbury, 2007
  • Vaizey, Hester, Born in the GDR: Living in the Shadow of the Wall, Oxford University Press, 2014


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction
  • The division of Germany and the German question after 1945 in the context of the Cold War
  • The Berlin Problem and the Wall
  • Behind the ‘Iron Curtain’: Daily Life in the GDR
  • Big Brother is watching you: The State Security (Stasi)
  • East Germany from the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to Germany’s Unification in 1991


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of Germany’s history in the Twentieth Century.
  2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past.