All assignments are provisional and subject to revision.
1. Michael Hughes, Early Modern Germany, 1477-1806 ( Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992).
2. Otis C. Mitchell, Two German crowns: monarchy and empire in medieval Germany ( Bristol, Ind. : Wyndham Hall Press, 1985)-- American Council of Learned Soceties E-Book.3. The Nibelungenlied, trans. A.T. Hatto (Penguin Classics)
Numerous other Internet-based texts are indicated in the syllabus below
In the case of field trips, the instruction time,
parenthetically, does not include travel time to and from the
Texts that are underscored are accessible on the Internet. For offcampus access to the E-books, click here and download the VPN software, and then log on subsequently via the VPN
day #1: Introduction: Sidonius
Apollinaris, A Civilized Barbarian and a Barbarous Roman ;
past on the upper Rhine, 3-19 (2 hours)
day #2: Field Trip: The Empire and Church in Trier (ca. 3 hours in Trier + travel time)
day#3: Otis Mitchell, Introduction, pp.1-9 and Chapter #1: "Prelude to Germany: Frankish Ascendency and Legacy," pp. 10-17; discussion and review (2 hours)
day #1: The Carolingian Revival of Rome: The
Preface to Otfrid's "Gospel Harmony", The
Hildebrandslied; the Annals
of Lorsch; Einhard, The
Charlemagne (2 hours)
day #2: Field trip: The Imperial Castle in Nuremberg; Connections between the "Third Empire" (Third Reich) and the Holy Roman Empire: the (all day).
day #3: Otis Mitchell, Chapter #2: "Civil Conflict, Partition, and Disintegration," pp.18-22, Chapter #3: "From Shadow King to German Dynasty," 23-32, and Chapter #4: "The Investiture Controversy," pp.33-46; The Annals of Xanten; Three sources on the Ravages of the Northmen in Frankland, ca. 843-912; Discussion and Review (2 hours).
day #1: Otis Mitchell, Chapter #5:
"The Revival and Decline of Imperial Power," pp. 47-70;
Crawford, "Crusades and Counter-Crusades" (The ORB Online Reference
Book for Medieval Studies); Paul
Crawford, "The Military Orders: Introduction" (read the
introduction, the hyperlinked section on the Templars and the Teutonic
and the treatise; Albert of
Ekkehart of Aura, "Emico and the slaughter of the Rhineland Jews" (2 hours); The Nibelungenlied,
trans. A.T. Hatto (Penguin Classics). (2 hours).
day #2: Fieldtrip: The Imperial Cathedral in Worms; the Medieval Jewish Cemetery; Nibelungen sites; Sites associated with Martin Luther's appearance at the Imperial Diet of Worms. (4 hours).
day#3: Midterm (2 hours)
Michael Hughes, Chapter #2: “Germany on the Eve of the
Reformation,” pp. 10-29 and Chapter #3: “The Reformation in Germany”
30-60); texts by Martin Luther, the 95
Theses and an Open
Letter to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, and
Freedom of a Christian. (2 hours).
day #2: Field trip: Strassburg: Strasbourg cathedral; the Louise Weiss Building, meeting place of the European Union (most of the day).
day#3: Michael Hughes, Chapter 4: “Peace and Polarization,” (pp. 61-84) and Chapter 5: “The Thirty Years War and its Consequences,” (pp. 85-113); discussion and review. (2 hours)
day #1: Michael Hughes, Chapter 6:
“Absolutism and Particularism” (pp.114-138) and Chapter 7: “Dualism and
Reform: Germany after the Seven Years' War.” (pp.167-189)
day #2: Field trip: Exploration of the Mannheim Palace and the Jesuit Church (2 hours).
day#3: Travel to Vienna.
day#4: (Friday) Vienna: Morning: Schönbrun Palace; afternoon: Heeresgeschichtliches Museum (6 hours)
day #5: (Saturday) Vienna: Morning: Austrian Gallery Belvedere (3 hours); Afternoon: Free.
day #6: (Sunday) Return from Vienna.
day #1: Michael Hughes, Chapter 7: Chapter
8: “The End of the Empire: Germany and the French Revolution.”
(pp.167-189); discussion and review (2 hours)
Kant, “What is
Schiller, Wilhelm Tell (2 hours)
day #3: Final Exam (2 hours)
The midterm and final exam
include short answer, identification, and short essay responses.
Participation means readiness and willingness to engage in an informed way in class discussions, and an active engagement
on the part of students to learn as much as possible about the places
visited on the scheduled fieldtrips.