Program Details

German Unification

Ralph Nurnberger
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Course Description

As late as 1800, there were about 200 states within the borders of the modern Germany. In retrospect, it looks inevitable that these German principalities and mini-states would unify and evolve into the nation of Germany, but this was not foreordained. The narrative of how German states evolved into a nation, and a powerful one at that, is a tale of intrigue, wars, class struggles, and economic turbulence. Historian Ralph Nurnberger provides an overview of the events and the fascinating characters who helped unite Germany and propel it into a position of power within Central Europe.

About the Instructor

  • Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights, and historical background to his presentations. He taught history and international relations at Georgetown University for 38 years. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. Nurnberger has given talks on a wide range of historical and political topics for the Lifelong Learning Program at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca and Jupiter campuses, where his talks frequently sell out. Nurnberger served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC); as executive director of Builders for Peace (which had been established to assist the Arab-Israeli Peace Process); and as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a senior partner in Nurnberger & Associates, Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree from Queens College, his master's degree from Columbia University, and his doctoral degree from Georgetown University.