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HIST3887 Changing Enemies: Germany Occupied and Divided, 1945-55

20 creditsClass Size: 27

Module manager: Dr Matthew Frank

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module examines the course of German history from defeat in 1945 to the formal end of occupation and the rehabilitation of Germany in mid-1950s. We assess the impact defeat and foreign occupation had on Germany, taking a comparative approach that looks at all four occupation zones, and which gives equal weight to developments in the two German states that emerged in the late 1940s. As well as looking at how the 'German Question' played out on the international stage in the early stages of the Cold War, we will also focus on domestic sources of tension as different 'Germanies' sought to define a role and an identity for themselves in the immediate postwar era. The approach taken is thematic.


a) to assess the impact of the Second World War on Germany
b) to examine the role of the 'German Question' in the early Cold War
c) to compare and contrast the different experiences of occupation and the subsequent internal development of divided Germany

Learning outcomes
On completing this module students will have:
a) explored an important aspect of postwar European history in depth
b) become familiar with the recent scholarship on this topic and the historiographical debates surrounding it
c) developed confidence working with a range of primary sources


1. Introduction
2. Never Again
3. Defeat
4. Encounters
5. Food
6. Migration
7. Pasts
8. Berlin
9. Revolt
10. Rehabilitation
11. Writing the Research Essay

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Researching, preparing and writing assessments; undertaking set reading; self-directed reading around the topic.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly seminar discussions; oral presentation of students' research in seminars; written assignments (short commentary as part of 10% assignment; and 2,000 word essay).

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 word essay due in exam week 260.00
Assignment3 x 500 word primary source commentaries due week 940.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:40:28


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