CIE IGCSE History: Germany, 1918–45

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History: Germany, 1918–45

In this module, the following topics will be covered in depth:

Key topic 1: Was the Weimar Republic doomed from the start?

  • How did Germany emerge from defeat at the end of the First World War?
  • What was the impact of the Treaty of Versailles on the Republic?
  • To what extent did the Republic recover after 1923?
  • What were the achievements of the Weimar period?

Key topic 2: Why was Hitler able to dominate Germany by 1934?

  • What did the Nazi Party stand for in the 1920s?
  • Why did the Nazis have little success before 1930?
  • Why was Hitler able to become Chancellor by 1933?
  • How did Hitler consolidate his power in 1933–34?

Key topic 3: The Nazi regime

  • How effectively did the Nazis control Germany, 1933–45?
    • How much opposition was there to the Nazi regime?
    • How effectively did the Nazis deal with their political opponents?
    • How did the Nazis use culture and the mass media to control the people?
    • Why did the Nazis persecute many groups in German society?
    • Was Nazi Germany a totalitarian state?
  • What was it like to live in Nazi Germany?
    • How did young people react to the Nazi regime?
    • How successful were Nazi policies towards women and the family?
    • Did most people in Germany benefit from Nazi rule?
    • How did the coming of war change life in Nazi Germany?

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