Andreas Kossert received his Ph.D. in Modern History from the Free University of Berlin, after having studied History, Slavonic Studies and Politics at Freiburg, Edinburgh, Bonn and Berlin. He is currently Research Fellow at the Federal Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation in Berlin.
He has worked at the German Historical Institute Warsaw and taught as visiting professor at Dresden University.
His research interests include ethnic, religious and national minorities in Central and Eastern Europe, comparative borderland studies and forced migration.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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GRMN 6629 - The Other Germans
The other Germans: Postwar society and its unwanted refugees from the East
3-week course, first summer session
The course provides an insight into postwar German history, culture and literature. It focuses on the arrival of millions of German refugees from the East and how radically they changed Germany after 1945. (1 unit)
Required Texts: Kossert, Kalte Heimat. Die Geschichte der der deutschen Vertriebenen nach 1945 (Pantheon); Elliger, Und tief in der Seele das Ferne. Die Geschichte einer Vertreibung aus Schlesien (rororo); Hein, Landnahme. Roman (Suhrkamp). Area Studies
GRMN 6650 - The Other Germany:Hist of GDR
The Other Germany: A History of the GDR
Right after the Second World War, Germany became a divided country. From the Soviet occupied zone to the GDR, this „first anti-fascist state on German soil“ was shaped by both hope and illusions, and by the experiences of need and oppression. When the system collapsed in 1989, the GDR and its people were confronted with enormous changes and challenges. This course will explore the GDR both in a German and international context, and special emphasis will be placed on the social and psychological mentality of its citizens and its legacy in reunified Germany.
Benz, Wolfgang: Deutschland 1945-1949 [=Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung: Informationen zur politischen Bildung 259/2005].
Malycha, Andreas: Geschichte der DDR [=Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung: Informationen zur politischen Bildung 312/2001].
Thema DDR. Vor dem Mauerfall. Magazin der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung Nr.30 (2009).
Course reader Area Studies
Summer 2013, Summer 2015 Language Schools
GRMN 6662 - Cultural History East Prussia
Prussia from the Margins: A Cultural History of East Prussia
3-week course, 1st session, July 5 - July 26
This course provides an insight into the fascinating cultural legacy of the “Atlantis of the North”: East Prussia. Immanuel Kant, Käthe Kollwitz, Siegfried Lenz, Hannah Arendt: They represent the former easternmost Prussian and later German province’s multi-ethnic traditions. In the late 19th century, East Prussia was in the focus of nationalist claims and debates. East Prussia represents an ideal case study for the gradual demise of a diverse culture being overturned by nationalism and racism. In 1945, at the end of the Nazi years, East Prussia finally disappeared from the geographical map. This course will look at East Prussia’s past in culture, literature and ethnic traditions and what to what extent the region still matters for Germans, Poles, Lithuanians and Russians alike.
Required Text: Lenz, Siegfried: Heimatmuseum. München 2006 (dtv)
Kossert, Andreas: Ostpreußen. Geschichte und Mythos. München 2007 (pantheon) Lipscher, Winfried/Kazimierz Brakoniecki (Hgg.): Meiner Heimat Gesicht. München 1996. [alternatively:Zweite Ausgabe: Ostpreußen im Spiegel der Menschen und Landschaft. Meiner Heimat Gesicht. Augsburg (?) 2000 (Weltbild)] Manthey, Jürgen: Königsberg. Geschichte einer Weltbürgerrepublik. München 2006 (dtv)
Additionally, a reader will be made available. Area Studies
GRMN 6685 - Weimar Germany (1919-1933)
Weimar Germany (1919-1933): Challenges of a Young Democracy
From its very beginning, the Weimar Republic was in jeopardy as political extremist forces aimed at destabilizing the fragile republic. Yet, this precarious democracy also became the fertile breeding ground for a veritable explosion of new ideas in the arts, culture, the sciences, and society that shaped modernism in major and lasting ways. This course will retrace the conflict-ridden and fascinating developments in Germany between 1919 and 1933 and try to answer the question what led to the ultimate failure of this first German experiment with democracy.
Mai, Gunther: Die Weimarer Republik. München 2014. [2. Auflage].
Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Hg.): Weimarer Republik [=Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung: Informationen zur politischen Bildung 261/2011]
Course reader Area Studies
Summer 2015 Language Schools