About this day
For year 11,12 and 13 students
Immerse your students in an inspirational day of 20th century German history
World-class historians will present a diverse range of exciting and relevant talks to enthuse, challenge and entertain, focusing on the period 1914 – 1945. This programme is specially designed to appeal to A-level students of the Edexcel, OCR and AQA specifications, as well as enthusiastic year 11 students studying this period of history. Topics will range from the First World War and the Weimar Republic through to Nazi Germany and World War Two. The day will be chaired by Dr Barbara Warnock from the Wiener Library. History curriculum leader and textbook author Dr David Brown will give an examination session providing first-hand guidance and insights to help boost students’ confidence. We are delighted to announce that Sir Max Hastings will give a talk focusing on the First World War and that eminent historians Sir Richard J Evans and Professor Mary Fulbrook will be joining us, together with Dr Paul Moore and Dr Caroline Sharples.
Programme & speakers
Germany and the First World War Max Hastings, Author, journalist and broadcaster
Sir Max Hastings seeks to explain why, though the First World War was an unparalleled tragedy for mankind, it would have been extraordinarily difficult for Britain to stay out of it, and it was essential to deny Germany its triumph on the continent which would almost certainly have been the consequence of British neutrality.
About Max Hastings
Sir Max Hastings is an author, journalist and broadcaster whose work has appeared in every British national newspaper. He has published widely and received multiple awards.
War in the Nazi imagination Richard J Evans, University of Cambridge
This session looks at how the Nazis conceived of the coming war from the early 1930s onwards, the centrality of war and conflict to the ideology of Nazism, and the extent to which this was
accepted by ordinary Germans.
About Richard J Evans
Sir Richard J Evans is President of Wolfson College, Cambridge and Provost of Gresham College in London. His research interests are modern German and European history, particularly social and cultural history. He has published widely, including a large-scale history of the Third Reich, winning numerous prizes.
Coercion and consent in Nazi Germany Mary Fulbrook, University College London
Professor Fulbrook will explore the balance of terror and repression, conformity and enthusiasm in Nazi Germany, and analyse ways in which Germans were both affected by and involved in the radicalisation of Nazi policies and practices.
About Mary Fulbrook
Professor Mary Fulbrook, British academic and historian, is Professor of German History at University College London and a renowned expert in a wide range of fields, including twentieth century German dictatorships. She was the first female chair of the German History Society and is a Fellow of the British Academy.
The Weimar Republic - creation and collapse Paul Moore, University of Leicester
Paul Moore will explore the context for the establishment of the Weimar Republic, its strengths and weaknesses, and the reasons for its ultimate failure.
About Paul Moore
Dr Paul Moore is Lecturer in Modern European History at Leicester University. His research and teaching interests include the Weimar Republic, propaganda and the media in Nazi Germany and the social history of the Third Reich. He is also a member of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Dying For Germany: How the dead became an important propaganda tool for the Third Reich Caroline Sharples, University of Roehampton
This session will look at the martyrdom legends and elaborate commemorative rituals that were constructed around the remembrance of the 16 Nazis killed during the 1923 Munich Putsch. It will trace the evolution of Nazi commemorative culture and demonstrate how the memory of the dead constituted a crucial propaganda tool for inspiring the living, focusing on the period to 1945.
About Caroline Sharples
Dr Caroline Sharples is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Roehampton. Her research focuses on twentieth century German history, the legacy of National Socialism, war crimes trials and representations of the Holocaust.