In our first lesson we will examine how Germany was formed in 1871, and how its creation influenced how it was ruled between 1871 and 1918. This will be the first introduction to some key concepts that will be revisited throughout the Germany course and will give us some insight into why these concepts were so vital to the narrative of Germany after the end of WWI.
Unit: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1919-1939
In today’s lesson we will be looking at the events leading to the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the impact this had on WWI. We will be examining some of the key features of communism in Russia and why this made other countries fearful of the spread of communism at this time.
In this lesson students will learn about the German surrender of WW1 and the origins of the Weimar Republic. Students will assess the strengths and weaknesses of the newly formed Weimar Constitution.
In this lesson students will learn about the Treaty of Versailles and the social, political and economic impact it had on Germany. The origins of the Dolchstoss theory will also be explored. Students will then be able to assess the reasons for the unpopularity of the Weimar Republic.
In this lesson students will learn about the challenges the Weimar Republic faced between 1919-20. It will examine the threat from the left-wing in the shape of the Spartacist Revolt. It will also examine the right-wing threat from the Kapp Putsch before looking at the political assassinations.
In this lesson students will study the challenges the Weimar Republic faced in 1923. This explores the French occupation of the Ruhr and why it made the Weimar Republic appear weak. The lesson will then explore the causes and impact of hyperinflation.
In this lesson students will examine how the Weimar Republic recovered the German economy. It will focus on how Stresemann helped develop a new currency for Germany and how he negotiated financial deals with America in the shape of the Dawes Plan and Young Plan.
In this lesson students will examine the political recovery of the Weimar Republic. It will explore the impact of the Locarno Pact, Germany joining the League of Nations and the Kellogg-Briand Pact, and how this enhanced Germany's international reputation.
In this lesson students will explore how society changed for the women and workers during the mid to late 1920s. It will also examine the changes in culture such as art and architecture and whether it represented a positive change to Germany.
In this lesson students will examine how different social groups were impacted by the so-called 'golden years' in 1920s Germany. Students will compare the economic and social impact in the agricultural and middle-class sectors to the industrial sector.
This lesson will focus on the impact the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression had on Germany and the Weimar Republic. It will also look at the rise of the extreme parties in the Reichstag and how the Weimar Republic failed to solve the issues caused by the Depression.
This lesson will focus on the origins of the Nazi Party and examine the role Hitler played in this. It will explore Hitler's early life and understand how the aftermath of World War One shaped his political views.
This lesson will focus on the early ideology of the NSDAP. It will look at the details of the 25 Point Programme and how it appealed to the different demographics. It will also explore the role of the SA and the impact they had on the Nazi Party.
This lesson will focus on the causes and events of the Munich Putsch. It will look at why there was a hatred towards the Weimar Republic in 1923, alongside the reasons for the growth of the Nazi Party.
In this lesson we will be looking at both the positive and negative impacts of the Munich Putsch for the NSDAP. The lesson will explore how the NSDAP changed approach and reorganised itself after the failure in 1923.
This lesson will focus on how the NSDAP developed during the years 1924-28. It will examine the use of rallies and media and how the NSDAP used these to gain support. It will contrast this to the context of 1924-28 being the 'golden years' for the Weimar Republic.
In this lesson we will be examining the reasons why the NSDAP became the most popular party in the Reichstag by 1932. It will focus on the weakness of the Weimar Republic as well as the manner in which the NSDAP appealed to different demographics during the elections.
This lesson will focus on the route Hitler took to become Chancellor of Germany in 1933. It introduces the 1932 elections, for both the President and the Reichstag and will explore what happened in the Presidential elections, the action taken by key individuals in 1932 and how their actions contributed towards Hitler's appointment as Chancellor.
This lesson will focus on the route Hitler took to become Chancellor of Germany in 1933. It explores the Reichstag elections of 1932 and will look in depth at the actions taken by key individuals in 1932 and how their actions contributed towards Hitler's appointment as Chancellor on the 30th January 1933.
In this lesson we will be starting a new enquiry, focusing on discovering how Hitler was able to create a dictatorship in Germany between 1933 - 1934. We will be looking at key events such as the Reichstag Fire, Enabling Act and how Hitler removed opposition groups which he still considered a threat to his power.
This lesson will focus on how Hitler consolidated his power by 1934. We will look at key events such as the Night of the Long Knives, the death of President Hindenburg and the allegiance given by the German army.
In this lesson we will be looking at how Hitler used groups such as the SS, SD and Gestapo to create a police state in Germany. We will be studying how Hitler changed the legal system in Germany to strengthen his control and authority and how he tried to control religion in Germany.
This lesson will look at how Hitler and the Nazi Party used methods of censorship and propaganda to control the people within Germany. In particular this lesson will look at the role of the media, rallies, sport, architecture, music, film and literature.
In this lesson we will be looking at the extent of the support for the Nazi Party, religious opposition including the role of Niemoller and youth opposition groups such as the Edelweiss Pirates and the Swing Youth.
This lesson will explore Nazi attitudes and policies towards women within Germany. In particular we will be looking at how women were expected to look and behave, the expectations with regards to employment, marriage and the family.
In this lesson we will be evaluating the extent to which Nazi policies towards women were successful with a focus on analysing interpretations.
This lesson will be looking at how Hitler used youth groups, such as Hitler Youth and the League of German Maidens, to prepare the German youth for their future roles within Nazi Germany.
This lesson will be exploring how Hitler used the education system, including the curriculum and teachers, to control and indoctrinate the German youth.
In this lesson we will be exploring the different policies used by the Nazis to reduce unemployment. This lesson will include the Reich Labour Service (RAD), job-creation schemes such as the construction of autobahns, rearmament and the role of invisible unemployment.
In this lesson we will be evaluating the extent to which German workers saw improvements to their lives after 1933. This will include looking at organisations such the German Labour Front (DAF), Strength through Joy (KdF) and Beauty of Labour (SdA).
This lesson covers content on the persecution of minorities in Nazi Germany between 1933-1939. The minorities that are examined include, people with disabilities, Roma, Sinti and Gypsy communities, black people, homosexuals and Jews. For some people this will be be a sensitive topic. If that applies to you, you may want to do the rest of this lesson with a trusted adult nearby who can support.
This lesson covers content on the specific events leading up to The Holocaust in Nazi Germany between 1933-1939 such as the 1933 boycott of Jewish shops, the 1935 Nuremberg Laws and the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938. There is also information provided about the genocide that took place during World War Two, although this is not explored in detail in this lesson. For some people this will be be a sensitive topic. If that applies to you, you may want to do the rest of this lesson with a trusted adult nearby who can support.