- Code HIST2226
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr Ben Mercer
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2023
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the history of Nazi Germany;
- critically evaluate key interpretations of Nazi Germany's social, cultural and political history;
- analyse and integrate primary and secondary sources into written work; and
- demonstrate the significance of Nazi Germany for today's world.
- Essay Proposal: 500 words. (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Essay 2,500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final Examination (3 hours). (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Lecture Responses (5 x 200 words) (10) [LO 1,2,4]
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,4]
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Workload130 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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Key readings will be supplied through WATTLE.
Preliminary ReadingKarl 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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