Course Opportunity with Berlin Trip

Here is an interesting course offering, with a potential special opportunity:

If enough students register for the class, “Germany and East Central Europe” (POL-UA 9515) will feature a three-day study trip to Berlin. It will include an introductory bus tour of the city’s major landmarks and visits to the sites where 20th century history was made:

  • the Wannsee villa, where the infamous conference on the “Final Solution” was held
  • the villa which hosted the Potsdam Conference at the end of World War II
  • the former headquarters of the Gestapo, which houses the exhibition “Topography of Terror”
  • the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • the Bundestag and its glass dome
  • the site of the Berlin Wall and possibly the Wall Museum

The course description is also fascinating:

This course will focus on the history of the culturally rich region of “Mitteleuropa” through analysis of the parallel evolution of Germany and the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. Mitteleuropa as a region produced such important figures as Franz Kafka, Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud, Theodor Herzl and Milan Kundera; historical personalities whose influence internationally is indisputable. We’ll delve into the history of the region and on the central role played by German politics and culture from the end of the 19th century, through the turbulent 20th century to the present day.

Emphasis will be on the evolution of the concept of nationalism as well as on Germany’s foreign policy in the “concert of nations”, especially towards its Eastern neighbors. The aim is to achieve an understanding of the complex evolution of national entities and their interaction between the birth of the modern German state and the integration of the Visegrád countries in NATO and the European Union.

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