A-Level Topic Guide: Germany 1871- 1991

Published: 29th January 2020

German history in the nineteenth and twentieth century is a popular area of study at A-level across the examination boards. Whichever board you are studying with and whatever the focus of your study unit on German history, the resources in this unit will support you as you develop your subject knowledge, write essays and revise. 

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Introduction

  • Introduction

Changing regimes

  • Introduction
  • The German Industrial and Scientific Revolution
  • Bismarck, German Unification & the Rise of the German Empire
  • Bismarck after Fifty Years
  • Weltpolitik and German Nationalism
  • Verdun: the endless battle
  • The End of Germany‚Äôs Colonial Empire

The Weimar Republic

  • Introduction
  • The German Revolution of 1918-19
  • The Versailles Peace Settlement
  • How stable was the Weimar Republic,1924-29
  • What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Weimar Republic?

Rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party

  • Introduction
  • How was the Nazi Party formed?
  • The Coming of War in 1939
  • Personality and Power: the individual's role in the history of twentieth-century Europe
  • The Rise of the Nazi Party

The collapse of democracy

  • Introduction
  • Taking tea with Frau von Papen
  • Fascism in Europe 1919-45

Nazi policies and tactics

  • Introduction
  • Nazism and Stalinism
  • What was Nazi ideology?
  • What was Hitler's role?
  • Nazi creation of a Volksgemeinschaft
  • Nazi aggression: planned or improvised?
  • The 'Era of the Dictators' reconsidered

Life in Nazi Germany

  • Introduction
  • How popular was the Nazi regime?

Treatment of the Jews

  • Introduction
  • Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
  • Polychronicon 135: Post-modern Holocaust historiography
  • Vichy France and the Jews
  • Kristallnacht
  • From persecution to extermination

Post-War Germany

  • Introduction
  • Cold War Germany
  • Did Denazification fail?

Revision

  • Revision Quiz
  • Reading List
  • Viewing, listening and fiction
  • Past Exam Papers

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