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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: UC Summer Abroad
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  • Program Sponsor: UC San Diego Global Seminars 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UCM Deadline Campus Decision Date Start Date End Date
UC Summer Abroad 2020 02/28/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2 Click here for a definition of this term Class standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Hostel / hotel
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of study: History
Program Description:
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Students in BerlinRevolution, 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.