• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Historians have long tried to understand how modern Germany could descend, in the space of a few years, into brutal terror, racial warfare and genocide. This course explores the origins of Nazism in German history, the rise of the National Socialist Party and the nature of Nazi rule, from the seemingly inauspicious Nazi movement's early years after the First World War to the Holocaust and to the Third Reich's final collapse in 1945. The course explores the historical context of Nazism, including the allied regime of Italian Fascism. Students will examine Nazi state and society from multiple perspectives to achieve a deeper understanding of the Third Reich, and will gain a familiarity with the state of historical research in this area.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the history and historiography of Nazi Germany.
    2. Critically evaluate key interpretations of Nazi Germany's social, cultural and political history.
    3. Analyse and integrate primary and secondary sources into written work at an advanced level.
    4. Demonstrate the significance of Nazi Germany for today's world.

    Indicative Assessment

    In Person:
    Book review (1,000 words). (20%)  Assesses Learning Outcomes 1-4.

    Major essay (5,000 words), on a topic designed by the student in consultation with the course convenor (70%). Assesses Learning Outcomes 1-4.

    Tutorial participation (10%). Assesses Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 4.

    Book review (1,000 words). (20%)  Assesses Learning Outcomes 1-4.

    Major essay (5,000 words), on a topic designed by the student in consultation with the course convenor (70%). Assesses Learning Outcomes 1-4.

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    One two-hour lecture and one tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are be expected to commit 7 hours of independent study per teaching week outside of these contact hours to prepare for tutorials, research and the final exam.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST2226

    Prescribed Texts

    Key readings will be supplied through Wattle.

    Preliminary Reading

    Jane Caplan, ed., Nazi Germany (2008)
    Ian Kershaw, The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation (4th Edition, 2000)

    Karl Dietrich Bracher, “The Role of Hitler,” in Walter Laqueur, ed., Fascism: A Reader’s Guide (1976), 211-225.
    Hans Mommsen, “Hitler’s Position in the Nazi System,” in From Weimar to Auschwitz (1991), 163-188.
    Ian Kershaw, “Working towards the Fuehrer,” in Hitler: 1889-1936: Hubris (1998), 527-591.



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    Student Contribution Band:
    Unit value:
    6 units

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    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2016 $3054
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2016 $4368
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