Date & time

Thu, 21 Nov 2019
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

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About this day

For year 11, 12 and 13 students

This fascinating and eye-opening day will include a diverse range of informative talks designed to challenge, entertain and enthuse students studying democracy and dictatorship in Germany. Focusing on the period 1914 – 1945, the programme is specifically designed to appeal to A-level students preparing for the Edexcel, OCR an AQA specifications, as well as enthusiastic year 11 students studying this period of history. Delivered by world-class historians and leading experts, the presentations will cover topics ranging 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 deliver an examination session providing first-hand guidance and insights to help boost students’ confidence.

Programme & speakers

Coercion and Consent in Nazi Germany Richard J Evans, Cambridge University

How far did Adolf Hitler and the Nazi State use terror and violence to impose their policies and ideology on the German people? How popular really was the Third Reich? Was it a totalitarian state or a ‘dictatorship by consent’? This lecture attempts to answer these questions mainly in relation to the period 1933-1939.

Richard J Evans

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. As one of the world’s leading experts on Nazi Germany, he regularly appears on radio and TV documentaries.

World War One – Impact and Responses Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton

Professor Gary Sheffield will discuss the First World War, including its impact on Germany and across the globe.

Gary Sheffield

About Professor Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield is a military historian who is considered one of Britain’s foremost experts on the First World War.  He has published widely and contributes frequently to newspapers and journals. He is Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.

History of a Modern European Genocide: 1933-1945 Anna Hajkova, University of Warwick

The Holocaust is a highly charged but intellectually crucial part of history. This session introduces the audience to Jewish German history, the rise of Nazi anti-Semitism, social exclusion, forced emigration, concentration camps, deportations, mass murder and gender history.

Anna Hajkova

About Dr Anna Hajkova

Dr Anna Hájková is Associate Professor of Modern Continental History at the University of Warwick. Her work examines concentration camps, Jewish social and political elites, issues of nationalism and ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Her research interests include Nazi Germany and the history of genocides.


The Legacy of the First World War for the Weimar Republic Matthew Stibbe, Sheffield Hallam University

This lecture will challenge the notion that the Versailles settlement and reparations led directly to the collapse of the Weimar Republic, while also explaining why the divided memory of the war nonetheless ultimately played into the hands of the Nazis.

Matthew Stibbe

About Professor Matthew Stibbe

Matthew Stibbe is Professor of Modern European History at Sheffield Hallam University, specialising in twentieth-century Germany. His many books include Women in the Third Reich and Germany 1914-1933: Politics, Society and Culture.

Interpretations of Hitler since 1945 Neil Gregor, University of Southampton

What role did Hitler play in the Nazi regime, and how have historians interpreted it since 1945?  Why have biographical perspectives on Hitler changed over time, and what can this tell us about the changing legacies of the Nazi period?  This lecture explores the different historians’ attempts to place Hitler in his historical context, and asks how changing interpretations reflect the post-war world’s evolving relationship to the dictatorship and its impact.

Neil Gregor

About Professor Neil Gregor

Neil Gregor is Professor of Modern European History at Southampton University. His research interests range widely across 20th century German history, and have encompassed aspects of business, social and cultural history.  He has published widely and is co-editor of German History, the journal of the German History Society.