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.
The day will be chaired by Dr Barbara Warnock from the Wiener Library.
Programme & speakers
World War One – Impact and Responses Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton
Professor Gary Sheffield will discuss the First World War, including its impact on Germany and across the globe.
About Gary Sheffield
Gary Sheffield is a military historian who is considered one of Britain’s foremost experts on the First World War. He has published widely and contributes frequently to newspapers and journals. He is Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.
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.
The Nature of Nazi Ideology Neil Gregor, University of Southampton
What did Hitler believe, where did he get his ideas from, and how did they inform his politics? Taking Hitler’s autobiography-cum-political manifesto Mein Kampf as its starting point, this lecture locates the core tenets of Hitler’s views on race, nation, empire and history, and shows how the origins of the Nazi genocide of the Jews are to be found in Hitler’s explanations of why Germany lost the First World War.
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.
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.
Racial persecution and the Holocaust Mary Fulbrook, University College London
How did the persecution of Jews and other groups in Nazi Germany develop into a European-wide programme of mass murder? This lecture examines the radicalisation of Nazi racial policies and practices in the light of recent historical debates.
About Mary Fulbrook
Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at UCL and a Fellow of the British Academy. She has written widely on German history, including both popular textbooks and specialist monographs. Among her many books are the Fraenkel Prize-winning “A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust” and, most recently, “Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice”, which was winner of the 2019 Wolfson Prize.