Class, Gender and Generation in 20th Century Germany

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dorothee Wierling


This course is available on the MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation, MSc in History of International Relations and MSc in International and World History (LSE & Columbia). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The course aims at testing three concepts of social history: class, gender and generation, to help understand the changes German society underwent in the course of the 20th century. Students should have (or acquire in preparation) a basic knowledge of modern German history. The course will not offer an overall, national master narrative from 1900 to the year 2000, but will focus on specific historical constellations, in which the meaning of those categories in public discourse as well as in social practice were challenged or changing. While one of the three categories will be in the focus of each session, the way all three interact, or other categories such as ethnicity become relevant, will be a continuous concern. The course will concentrate on the German case, but students will be encouraged, both in classroom discussions and in their written work, to take a comparative perspective.


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 20 hours of seminars in the LT. 4 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

Two essays of 3000 words each in the two first terms. There will be a mock examination in the ST.

Indicative reading

Eley, Geoff, Keith Nield: The Future of Class in History. What's Left of the Social?, Ann Arbor (Univ. Of Mich. Press) 2007;
Frevert, Ute: Women in German History. From Bourgeois Emancipation to Sexual Liberation, London (Berg), 1990;
Fritzsche, Peter: The turbulent world of Franz Göll. An ordinary Berliner writes the 20th century, Harvard Univ. Press. 2011;
Fulbrook, Mary: History of Germany 1918 to 2000. The Divided Nation, London (Blackwell) 2002;
Roseman, Mark: Generations in Conflict: Youth Revolt and Generation Formation in Germany, 1770 - 1968, Cambridge University Press 1995.


Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (50%, 5000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: International History

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

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