This course will jump off from a consideration of the events of 1989-90 that led surprisingly quickly to German reunification. After establishing the chronology back to 1648, we will look at some powerful currents that have driven political life in Germany, including some that are now dormant, for example, imperial dynasties, Austria's importance, and militarism as an ideal. This part will give more attention to modern eastern Germany, during and after the German Democratic Republic. We will wind up with a discussion of the possible future, post-Angela Merkel. Beyond the book recommended for the class, the instructor will pass out a reading list, keyed to the individual sessions, that will help those who want to get a deeper understanding of the topics covered. Almost all are available in English. • Lecture + Q&A.