This module explores the entangled histories of France and Germany between WW1 and the end of WW2. Resentment over the Treaty of Versailles was central to the emergence of radical nationalism in Germany after 1918; conversely, solving the ‘German problem’ was at the heart of French concerns in the interwar years. The German occupation of France between 1940 and 1944 brought these histories to a head in the most fundamental way. Yet this shared history was not governed solely by the politics of national antagonism. Both societies had much in common, calling into question our conventional assumptions about democracy and dictatorship, Left and Right in twentieth century European history.
Ultimately, the module questions the insularity and exceptionalism underpinning traditional national historiographies by exploring such entanglements