• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, History, International Relations, European Studies, Human Rights

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:

By the end of this course you should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the history 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.
    4. Demonstrate the significance of Nazi Germany for today's world.

Indicative Assessment

Document Analysis: 1,000 words. (20%) [Assesses Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Essay 2,500 words (35%). [Assesses Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Final Examination (35%). [Assesses Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6226.

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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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4365 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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