About this day
For year 11, 12 and 13 students
This fascinating and eye-opening day will include a diverse range of informative talks designed to challenge, entertain and enthuse students studying democracy and dictatorship in Germany. Focusing on the period 1914 – 1945, the programme is specifically designed to appeal to A-level students preparing for the Edexcel, OCR an AQA specifications, as well as enthusiastic year 11 students studying this period of history. Delivered by world-class historians and leading experts, the presentations will cover topics ranging from the First World War and the Weimar Republic through to Nazi Germany and World War Two, with a special session on exam success from teacher and author Dr David Brown. The day will be chaired by Dr Robin Bunce of Homerton College, University of Cambridge.
Programme & speakers
Catastrophe: how Europe went to war in 1914 Max Hastings, Author, journalist and broadcaster
Sir Max Hastings explains 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.
Fake news, old elites and Hitler: why the Weimar Republic collapsed Heather Jones, University College London
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
Heather Jones is Professor of Modern and Contemporary European History at UCL. Her research interests include the First World War and Weimar Germany. She is a regular commentator in the media on matters relating to twentieth-century European history.
The origins of the Holocaust Nikolaus Wachsmann, Birkbeck College London
Drawing on recent research, Professor Wachsmann outlines the road to the Holocaust, from pre-war Nazi anti-Semitic measures aimed at brutal discrimination and forced emigration to wartime plans for destructive mass deportations, culminating in the Nazi policy to exterminate the Jews of Europe.
About Nikolaus Wachsmann
Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann teaches modern European history at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of “KL. A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps” (2015).
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, tracing the evolution of Nazi commemorative culture as a propaganda tool.
About Caroline Sharples
Dr Caroline Sharples is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Roehampton University. Her interests include twentieth century Germany, the legacy of National Socialism, war crimes trials and the Holocaust.
German Society and World War Two Richard J Evans, University of Cambridge
Richard Evans discusses some key questions relating to Germany and WW2. Why did the Germans keep on fighting? Why did the Nazis continue with the extermination of the Jews? Why was there no resistance to Allied occupation? Why did Germany lose the war? And why were there so many suicides at the end of the war?
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.