How was Hitler able to establish a dictatorship by 1934?

Students will interrogate the chronology of events in Germany from the end of the First World War to 1934. Students will discover the internal and external factors that led to Germany’s condition in the early 1930s and the long term/short term causes of Hitler’s rise to power. Alongside this students will also study the inherent weaknesses of the Weimar Republic, the inability of successive governments to solve Germany’s problems and the golden era of Gustav Stresemann. This scheme of work also focuses on Hitler as an individual examining how his rhetoric, personality, image and background helped contribute to his overall success.

Expectations

By the end of this unit it is expected that most students will be able to identify and link long and short causes and explain how they contributed to Hitler’s rise to power. Students will also show be able to explain the correlation between the economic effects of the Treaty of Versailles, the hyperinflation and the Ruhr Crisis during the Weimar Republic, the effects of the Great Depression and the Nazi Party’s gain in power.

Some students will not have made as much progress and will be able to identify what a long and short term cause is but might not be able to link them together to form an argument. They will also be able to describe the different factors/events that helped Hitler come to power but may not necessarily be able to explain how they contributed.

Some learners will have progressed further and will be able to evaluate the significance of both Hitler and Stresemann and their impact upon Germany. Students will also be able to analyse and prioritise the factors in Hitler’s rise to power and justify their thinking behind their decisions. They will be confident in their understanding of the economic crisis throughout the 1920’s, and the various reasons for the appeal of the Nazis.

Key Assessments

Students will be formally assessed on this unit in the form of an essay written in class under controlled conditions.

How to help your child

There is a wealth of information covering Hitler’s rise to power. There are many films and documentaries for example ‘Nazi’s: A warning from History’ and books for example ‘When Hitler stole pink rabbit’ by Judith Kerr. Parents can help their child understand the issues surrounding Hitler’s rise to power and encourage them to form an opinion in order to allow them to contribute to class discussions and take part in debates.

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