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Hitler's Germany (HIST30010)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeHIST30010
Semester 2
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This subject explores German society, culture and politics from 1933 to 1945, with special emphasis on the origins, development and significance of the Nazi dictatorship. Topics include the post-WWI crisis, the rise of the Nazi movement, Nazi ideology, the collapse of the Weimar Republic, the seizure of power, Adolf Hitler as charismatic leader, the racist character of Nazi society and politics, the position of women, anti-Semitism, "euthanasia," the Holocaust, "Hitler's" war and the nature of the Nazi empire.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a general knowledge of the principal figures and significant events in German history for the period 1933-1945;
  • gain an understanding of the specific historical context in which National Socialism emerged and the chief causes of Hitler's rise to power, the ideology and aims of National Socialism, and the racial policies and genocidal consequences of Nazi rule;
  • demonstrate familiarity with the major historiographical debates concerning Nazism and an awareness of the variety of interpretive perspectives and categories of understanding that historians have developed in their search for an explanation of Hitler and the Third Reich;
  • be able to analyse primary and secondary sources in constructing historical arguments;
  • demonstrate research skills using printed and electronic sources in preparation of a substantial research essay; and
  • develop skills of critical thinking through group discussion of subject readings and preparation of written assessment.

Last updated: 10 August 2019