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Lecture 1

 Department of History

 HI 210: GERMAN HISTORY, 1648-1871


Introduction to German History

1. Geography and Themes of Germany History
           - Geo-Political, ethnic and cultural concepts of Germany: where is Germany?
           - National, regional and local identities: who is German?  (Prussians, Austrians, Swiss
             Germans, Alsace Germans, Bavarians, Swabians, et al)
           - The religious divide: Protestantism and Catholicism
           - The Austro-Prussian Dualism
           - The German problem in European History and the German Question

2. The varieties of German history: from the First Reich to the Third Reich
            800-1806: The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation: The First Reich and the
                              territorial states
            1806-1815: "Napoleonic Germany" (Confederation of the Rhine)
            1815-1866: The German Confederation
            1867-1871: The North German Confederation
            1871-1918: The German Empire (the Second Reich: Bismarckian and Wilhelmine
                              Germany, 1871-90 and 1890-1918)
            1919-1933: The Weimar Republic (Weimar Germany)
            1933-1945: The Third Reich (Nazi Germany)
            1945-1948: The American, British, French, and Soviet Zones of Germany
            1949-1989: The Two Germanies: the Federal Republic (FRG) and the German
                              Democratic Republic (GDR)
            1989-        : The Federal Republic of Germany (the "Berlin Republic")


- The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (Regnum teutonicum)
- The Frankish Empire of Charles the Great, 800
- The Carolingian Dynasty, 751-911   
- The Ottonian Dynasty, 936-1001 (Otto I the Great, crowned emperor in 962) 
- The Salian Dynasty (1024-1125)
- The Hohenstauffen Dynasty, 1127-1268 (Frederick I ("Barbarossa"), 1154-90)
- Saxony, Swabia, Baveria, Thuringia, Franconia 
- The Thirty Years War, 1618-1648