The history of Weimar Germany still haunts us today. In the wake of Germany’s defeat in World War I and its subsequent humiliation by the punishing terms of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany’s first attempt at democracy was particularly vulnerable due to ongoing tumultuous political upheaval and huge economic challenges. This course will examine the republic’s struggles, failures, and ultimate demise. Class will discuss historical parallels to our own current political climate. Finally, we will examine the tremendous artistic creativity that flourished during that period and its lasting impact on America’s cultural development.