About this day
For year 11, 12 and 13 students
World-class historians will present a diverse range of exciting and relevant talks to enthuse, challenge and entertain, focusing on the period 1914 – 1945. This programme is specially designed to appeal to A-level students of the Edexcel, OCR and AQA specifications, as well as enthusiastic year 11 students studying this period of history. Topics will range from the First World War and the Weimar Republic through to Nazi Germany and World War Two. The day will be chaired by Dr Barbara Warnock from the Wiener Library. History curriculum leader and textbook author Dr David Brown will give an examination session providing first-hand guidance and insights to help boost students’ confidence.
Programme & speakers
Catastrophe: how Europe went to war in 1914 Max Hastings, Author, journalist and broadcaster
Sir Max Hastings explains why, though the First World War was an unparalleled tragedy for mankind, it would have been extraordinarily difficult for Britain to stay out of it, and it was essential to deny Germany its triumph on the continent which would almost certainly have been the consequence of British neutrality.
About Sir Max Hastings
Sir Max Hastings is an author, journalist and broadcaster whose work has appeared in every British national newspaper. He has published widely and received multiple awards.
War in the Nazi imagination Richard J Evans, Cambridge University
This session looks at how the Nazis conceived of the coming war from the early 1930s onwards, the centrality of war and conflict to the ideology of Nazism, and the extent to which this was
accepted by ordinary Germans.
About Sir Richard J Evans
Sir Richard J Evans is Regius Professor Emeritus of History at Cambridge University. His research interests are modern German and European history, particularly social and cultural history. He has published widely, including a large-scale history of the Third Reich, winning numerous prizes.
Coercion and consent in Nazi Germany Mary Fulbrook, University College London
Professor Fulbrook will explore the balance of terror and repression, conformity and enthusiasm in Nazi Germany, and analyse ways in which Germans were both affected by and involved in the radicalisation of Nazi policies and practices.
About Professor Mary Fulbrook
Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at UCL and a Fellow of the British Academy. She has written widely on German history, including both popular textbooks and specialist monographs. Among her many books are the Fraenkel Prize-winning “A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust” and, most recently, “Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice”, which was winner of the 2019 Wolfson Prize.
The Weimar Republic - creation and collapse Paul Moore, University of Leicester
Paul Moore will explore the context for the establishment of the Weimar Republic, its strengths and weaknesses, and the reasons for its ultimate failure.
About Dr Paul Moore
Dr Paul Moore is Lecturer in Modern European History at Leicester University. His research and teaching interests include the Weimar Republic, propaganda and the media in Nazi Germany and the social history of the Third Reich. He is also a member of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Dying For Germany: How the dead became an important propaganda tool for the Third Reich Caroline Sharples, University of Roehampton
This session will look at the martyrdom legends and elaborate commemorative rituals that were constructed around the remembrance of the 16 Nazis killed during the 1923 Munich Putsch, tracing the evolution of Nazi commemorative culture as a propaganda tool.
About Dr Caroline Sharples
Dr Caroline Sharples is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Roehampton University. Her interests include twentieth century Germany, the legacy of National Socialism, war crimes trials and the Holocaust.