Masters degrees in German History examine the historical origins, events and peoples which have formed present-day Germany. Studies usually begin with the Roman Empire, though some may include also cover prehistorical periodsy.
Related subjects include Ancient History and European History. Entry requirements usually include a relevant undergraduate degree such as History or Archaeology.
For much of its history, the German region was a significant – but often politically unstable - region within mainland Europe. Since its early days as a state occupied by the Roman Empire, the development of Germany has centred on issues of military power and cultural and industrial innovations – as well as political flux.
Significant topics within the History of Germany include: The Thirty Years War (1618-1648); the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution in the 18th century; the Two World Wars; and the Cold War.
Topics within these events include theories surrounding economics, class and identity, race, religion, sovereignty, gender and ethics. Though Germany’s 20th Century history is a subject of cultural and political sensitivity, the country has a much broader association with developments in human rights and liberal thinking, stretching back to the Enlightenment, Reformation and beyond.
Careers in this field may include traditional roles in academia or scholarly research on behalf of heritage institutions such as museums and archives. Other roles may include foreign policy, journalism, or translation services.