North European History
The Department of History offers courses on all historical periods of German-speaking Europe, emphasizing social, intellectual, and cultural history. The study of almost any aspect of European history necessarily includes consideration of Germanic Europe, given its central location and importance. Several courses are cross-listed with the Department of German Studies, whose interests include the historical milieu of literary figures and works. The Institute for European Studies and the Institute for German Cultural Studies both encourage the research and study of topics supported by the North European history collection.
Existing Collection ECS: 4/W
Austrian, Swiss, Low Country and Scandinavian history is held and collected at a 3 level, but German history is a solid 4. The Library maintains standing orders for many monographic series, some of which are long-run titles from local historical societies. Other strengths: the Thirty Years' War, the history of Prussia, the unification of the German states, the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and twentieth-century history.
Current Collecting CCI: 4/W
Existing collection strengths are supported to the extent possible. North European archaeology is supported primarily by standing orders, with few monographs selected in addition. (Prehistoric and Classical archaeology are covered by other bibliographers.) Efforts have been made recently to acquire as much as possible about the reunification of Germany and its aftermath, life in the DDR, and cultural and social history and policy. The Early Modern Period, the Enlightenment, and the Weimar period are emphasized, as are German historiography, and material about Germans outside the boundaries of German-speaking Europe (German-Americans are covered by the American History Bibliographer), as well as material classed in history about foreigners within Germany. Holocaust studies are covered in coordination with the History Bibliographer and the Jewish Studies Bibliographer.
Subjects Covered LC class: DB 1-898, DD, DH, DJ, DL (excluding Iceland), DQ
History and archaeology of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.
Works about Germanic Europe, and Finland. Icelandic history is covered by the Icelandic Curator.