Date & time

Wed, 30 Nov 2022
10:45 - 15:45


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

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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 relevant talks designed to challenge, entertain and enthuse students studying democracy and dictatorship in twentieth century Germany. Focusing on the period 1914 – 1945, the programme is specifically designed to appeal to A-level students preparing for the Edexcel, OCR and 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, Senior Curator at the Weiner Holocaust Library, and will include an invaluable lunchtime examination session providing hints and tips to excel, presented by examiner, author and teacher Dr David Brown.

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.

Max Hastings

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.

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.

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.

Caroline Sharples

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.

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 antisemitism, 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 Weimar Republic: A Democracy Christopher Dillon, King's College London

The Weimar Republic laid the roots of much which we now associate with political modernity – female suffrage, individual rights, mass consumerism, religious freedom, a lively and disputatious media, and a comprehensive and progressive welfare state. There is far more to the first German democracy than simply a picturesque backdrop to the rise of Hitler.

Christopher Dillon

About Dr Christopher Dillon

Dr Christopher Dillon is Senior Lecturer in Modern German History at King’s College London. He has authored many books and articles on the history of the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy.