About this day
For year 11,12 and 13 students
World-class historians will present a diverse range of exciting and relevant talks to enthuse, inform and entertain, focusing on the period 1914 – 1945. In a day suitable for year 11,12 and 13 students, topics will range from the First World War and the Weimar Republic through to the Holocaust, Nazi Germany and World War Two. An examination session providing first-hand guidance and insights to help boost students’ confidence and grades, will be delivered by Dr Robin Bunce of Homerton College, Cambridge, who will also chair the day. We are delighted to announce that Tom Haward from the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, will deliver a short interactive CPD workshop for teachers during the lunchtime break.
Programme & speakers
Coercion and Consent in Nazi Germany Richard J Evans, University of Cambridge
How far did Adolf Hitler and the Nazi State use terror and violence to impose their policies and ideology on the German people? How popular really was the Third Reich? Was it a totalitarian state or a ‘dictatorship by consent’? This lecture attempts to answer these questions mainly in relation to the period 1933-1939.
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.
Fake News, Old Elites and Hitler: Why the Weimar Republic collapsed Heather Jones, LSE
Heather will explore the reasons why the Weimar Republic collapsed in 1933. She will discuss how defeat and revolution polarised the German population in the aftermath of the First World War and how policy led to hyperinflation and economic disaster. This created a lack of trust in the state. Never inevitable, the collapse of Weimar was striking in the modern processes involved which, interacting with issues specific to interwar Germany, brought about the bellicose and aggressively expansionist Nazi dictatorship and a Second World War.
About Heather Jones
Dr Heather Jones is now Associate Professor in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics. Her research interests include the First World War and Weimar Germany. She is the winner of one of LSE’s Major Review Teaching Prizes. She is a regular commentator in the media on matters relating to twentieth-century European history.
The Great Catastrophe: Germany in the First World War Alexander Watson, Goldsmiths, University of London
Germany faced a vicious struggle against a ‘world of enemies’ in 1914-18. The country’s population and material resources were mobilised on an unprecedented level to fight vastly superior opponents. Its leadership embraced expansionary war aims and extreme violence to win. For the German people, the conflict brought extraordinary hardships: invasion, ‘starvation blockade’, mass death and a deeply humiliating defeat. This lecture explores this traumatic ordeal, and explains how it shattered Germany’s society, radicalised politics, and paved the way for Nazi dictatorship, another world war and genocide.
About Alexander Watson
Alexander Watson is Professor of History at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has written many books and papers on East – Central Europe and Britain during the First World War. His latest book, Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918, won the Wolfson History Prize and the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, and was the Sunday Times ‘History Book of the Year’ for 2014.
Interpretations of Hitler since 1945 Neil Gregor, University of Southampton
What role did Hitler play in the Nazi regime, and how have historians interpreted it since 1945? Why have biographical perspectives on Hitler changed over time, and what can this tell us about the changing legacies of the Nazi period? This lecture explores the different historians’ attempts to place Hitler in his historical context, and asks how changing interpretations reflect the post-war world’s evolving relationship to the dictatorship and its impact.
About Neil Gregor
Neil Gregor is Professor of Modern European History at Southampton University. His research interests range widely across 20th century German history, and have encompassed aspects of business, social and cultural history. He has published widely and is co-editor of German History, the journal of the German History Society.
Jewish life and anti-Semitism in Germany 1914 - 1945 Christoph Mick, University of Warwick
Before the Great War started Jews were an integral part of German society. There was a strong anti-Semitic undercurrent but in 1914 it was unimaginable that 25 years later on the German state would try to murder all European Jews. The talk will look into the reasons for the growth of anti-Semitism and the effect it had on Jewish life in Germany. With the beginning of the Second World War the focus will shift to Eastern Europe where the Nazis organised the mass extermination of Jews.
About Christoph Mick
Christoph Mick is Professor of History at the University of Warwick, specialising in Eastern European, German and Soviet History, with a particular focus on Holocaust studies, war and memorial culture.
British responses to the Holocaust Tom Haward, UCL Centre for Holocaust Education
Tom Haward is from the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education. His workshop gives a flavour of a more expansive session for students on “British Responses to the Holocaust.” Teachers will work with a variety of sources that help explain those responses.
In 2016 UCL published the world’s largest ever survey of what students know and understand about the Holocaust: this session aims to both share some of that research, exposing the sorts of myths and misconceptions students have about the Holocaust, and model the use of archival sources in countering these.
About Tom Haward
Tom Haward teaches across the Centre’s professional development programmes, including the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme, the Centre’s CPD programme ‘Unpacking the Holocaust’ and twilight sessions for schools.