Revolution, Industry, and Empire in Berlin
Why you should go
Berlin is a site of tremendous world-historical importance. The major themes of the coursework on this program are revolutionary activity and nationbuilding; imperialism and trans-cultural encounters; and industrial expansion and the rise of a capitalist world order. Over the course of the “long nineteenth century", from roughly 1750-1914, Berlin was a rising world capital, and it will offer us many creative and useful ways to approach these global-studies themes. This program will also consider everyday life under dictatorship. Because the city was the site of two of the most oppressive versions of authoritarianism in the Nazi years and under communist rule, there is simply no place better than Berlin for presenting this historical material. The hard and cruel experience of life in authoritarian Berlin is never too far away for anyone living in the city.
Meet the professor
Patrick Patterson has been teaching at UC San Diego since 2001, first for the Making of the Modern World program at Eleanor Roosevelt College, and more recently as a member of the History Department. His research focuses on the history of 20th-century Eastern Europe and the Balkans, with major emphases on everyday life and consumer culture and on the interplay of Islam, Christianity, and secular society. He teaches courses on everyday life under authoritarian rule, Islam and immigration in contemporary Europe, Americanization and anti-Americanism, law and religion, and the international law of war crimes and genocide. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the University of Virginia, and an A.B. in Religion from Princeton University.