From Division to Unification: A History of (West) Germany 1945-2000

Department of History, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 23186

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Module description

This course examines the development of post war (West) Germany and the changes which happened in economic, political and social relations in the period. Events such as the Marshall Plan and the Korean War and their impact on the German economy, the social changes during the ¿long 1950s¿, and the myth of the social market economy are investigated in the first part of the module. In the second part, the post Adenauer era is examined as a period perceived to be one of crisis and change. Here some of the key issues are the impact of the economic crises of 1966/7 and 1973-75, the changes in politics and political culture under Chancellors Brandt and Schmidt and Kohl. Besides political questions and economic aspects (Stagflation, constant high unemployment), the social consequences will be considered. Finally the module aims to scrutinise Germany, from an economic and political perspective, during the final years of the Kohl chancellorship and the aftermath of the unification of 1990.