The Nazi Rise to Power: Germany, 1914–33
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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The making and breaking of German democracy remains one of the great ‘what ifs’ of the twentieth century. This module questions whether it was inevitable that a thousand years of German history would culminate in the Third Reich. Examining inter-war Germany as a ‘laboratory’ of social and political experimentation encourages a considered understanding of Hitler’s rise to power. Exploring cultural, social and economic history, together with the politics of the Weimar Republic, this module re-examines the development of fascism as a mass movement.
1) The Roots of European Fascism
2) Germany and the First World War
3) The German Revolution,
4) The Weimar Republic in Crisis, 1919-1923
5) Relative Stability, 1924-1928
6) Return to Crisis, 1930-1933
7) The Nazi Party: Organisation, Ideology and Propaganda
8) Who Voted Nazi?
9) The Nazi ‘Seizure of Power’, 1932-33
10) What caused the collapse of the Weimar Republic?
Who is this course for?
Suitable for those with no previous knowledge of the subject, the module is organised chronologically, drawing out key themes and debates that continue to weigh on Europe’s collective conscience.
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include group discussion, exercises, source analysis and presentation of material on video and/or DVD. The aim is ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the topics and ideas discussed in the course.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work (1500 words). This may include a source analysis and short essay, or a more extended essay.
- Peter Fritzsche, Germans into Nazis (Harvard University Press, 1998)
- Anthony McElligott (ed.), Weimar Germany (Oxford University Press, 2009)
- Eric D. Weitz, Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy (Princeton University Press, 2007)
- Richard Bessel, Germany after the First World War (Oxford University Press, 1993)
- Richard Bessel and E.J. Feuchtwanger (eds.), Social Change and Political Development in Weimar Germany (Croom Helm, 1981)
- Paul Bookbinder, Weimar Germany: The Republic of the Reasonable (Manchester University Press, 1996)
- Martin Broszat, Hitler and the collapse of Weimar Germany (Berg, 1987)
- Keith Bullivant (ed.), Culture and Society in the Weimar Republic (Manchester University Press, 1977)
- E.J. Feuchtwanger, From Weimar to Hitler: Germany, 1918-33 2nd edn (Macmillan, 1995)
- Conan Fischer, Rise of the Nazis 2nd edn (Manchester University Press, 2002)
- Elborg Forster and Larry Eugene Jones, The Rise and Fall of Weimar Democracy (University of North Carolina Press, 1996)
- John Garrard, Vera Tolz and Ralph White (eds.), European Democratization since 1800 (Macmillan, 2000)
- John Hiden, Republican and Fascist Germany: Themes and Variations in the History of Weimar and the Third Reich, 1918-45 (Longman, 1996)
- Anton Kaes, Martin Jay, Edward Dimendberg (eds.), The Weimar Republic Sourcebook (University of California Press, 1994)
- Ian Kershaw (ed.), Weimar: Why did German Democracy Fail? (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1990)
- Eberhard Kolb, The Weimar Republic (Unwin Hyman, 1988)
- Marshall M. Lee and Wolfgang Michalka, German Foreign Policy 1917-1933: Continuity or Break? (Berg, 1987)
- A. J. Nicholls, Weimar and the rise of Hitler 4th edn (Macmillan, 2000)
- Anthony Nicholls and Erich Matthias (eds.), German Democracy and the Triumph of Hitler: Essays in Recent German History (Allen and Unwin, 1971)
- Panikos Panayi (ed.), Weimar and Nazi Germany: Continuities and Discontinuities (Longman, 2000)
- Detlev J. K. Peukert, The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classical Modernity (Allen Lane, 1991)
- Mark Roseman (ed.), Generations in Conflict: Youth Revolt and Generation Formation in Germany, 1770-1968 (Cambridge University Press, 1995)
- Dirk Schumann, Political Violence in the Weimar Republic 1918-1933: Fight for the Streets and Fear of Civil War (Berghahn Books, 2009)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.