Seminar in German History
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Saksa ajaloo seminar
Course title in English
Seminar in German History
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The course provides the opportunity to discover and discuss the entanglements between German and Baltic history.
Brief description of the course
Although Estonia has never been part of Germany for a longer period, the histories of both countries have been closely entangled throughout centuries. During the course we are discussing German entanglements in Baltic history as well the Baltic dimension in German history. Lectures provide the students with basic knowledge about the construction of German nationalism, the rise of the German Empire and its political visions concerning Eastern Europe, about the meaning of religion, education research and science, and about World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. In seminars we are reading and discussing texts that focus on special problems of German-Baltic entanglements in history.
Independent work
Portfolio, essay
Learning outcomes in the course
The student who actively took part in the course
a) has a basic knowledge about the specific features of German history;
b) knows about the historical dimensions of certain problems and features of Baltic-German entanglements;
c) is able to reflect critically about the German role in Baltic hsitory and vice versa;
d) is motivated to discuss about how different strategies have been used to speak about common features in history;
e) knows some of the most important Baltic German historians and their theses.
Assessment methods
Portfolio (40%); oral presentation (30%); essay (40%)
Professor Karsten Brügemann
Replacement literature
Blackbourn, David. 1997. The Long Nineteenth Century: A History of Germany, 1780–1918. New York: Oxford University.
Blackbourn, David, Geoff Eley. 1984. The Peculiarities of German History: Bourgeois Society and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Germany. New York: Oxford University
Kocka, Jürgen. 1988. German History before Hitler: The Debate about the German 'Sonderweg.'" Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 23/1, 3-16
Liulevicius, Vejas Gabriel. 2009. The German Myth of the East: 1800 to the Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Liulevicius, Vejas Gabriel. 2000. War Land on the Eastern Front: Culture, National Identity and German Occupation in World War I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wehler, Hans-Ulrich. 1985. The German Empire, 1871-1918. Kim Traynor, translator. Leamington Spa: Berg.