• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ben Mercer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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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:

  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; and
  4. demonstrate the significance of Nazi Germany for today's world.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay Proposal: 500 words. (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research Essay 2,500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Final Examination (3 hours). (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Lecture Responses (5 x 200 words) (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  5. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of courses towards an ANU 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

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.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
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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
4134 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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