German 178. Vienna in the 20th Century





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Frank Johnson

This discussion-based course will explore the history of Vienna, one of Europe's largest and oldest cities, from the final decades of the Habsburg Empire to Austria's admission into the European Union. We will discuss urban design and renewal, political crisis, the influence of antisemitic politics on a young Adolf Hitler, the successes of the city's Socialist government during the First Republic, the flourishing of Jewish culture and thought, Austro-Fascism and civil war, the transition into and out of Nazi rule, city life during the First and Second World Wars, the postwar occupation, and the reckoning with the city's history in the Second Republic.

Course Notes: This course is equivalent to History 1906. Credit may be earned for German 178 or History 1906, but not both.