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, 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. One more speaker and further information to be announced soon.
Programme & speakers
Coercion and Consent in Nazi Germany Richard J Evans, University of Cambridge
How far did Hitler and the Nazi State use terror and violence to impose their policies and ideology on the German people? How popular 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
This talk will explore the reasons why the Weimar Republic collapsed in 1933. It will discuss how defeat and revolution polarised the German population in the immediate aftermath of the First World War and how a failed foreign policy led to economic disaster in the Ruhr inflation of 1923 which had long-term consequences in creating 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 Associate Professor in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics. Her teaching and research interests include the First World War and Weimar Germany and 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 widely 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.
Neil Gregor, University of Southampton
Talk details to be confirmed.
About Neil Gregor
Neil Gregor is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Southampton. His research interests range widely across 20th century German history, and have encompassed, at various points, aspects of business history, social history, cultural history and literary studies, along with historiography. He has published widely and is co-editor of German History, the journal of the German History Society.