In 1850, there was no country called Germany. This course will begin with the building of the German Empire under Otto von Bismarck, and trace that empire's destruction under Kaiser Wilhelm II. Much of the course will focus on the tragic consequences of Germany's resurgence after World War I under the influence of Adolph Hitler's Nazi regime. The course concludes with an overview of Germany conquered and broken into East and West during the Cold War and until its final reunification in 1990.