Hitler's Social Revolution: State, Structure and Social Change in Germany 1919-1945

Department of History, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 23092

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1&2

Module description

This module explores the strengths and weaknesses of a particular approach to the study and explanation of National Socialism - that of the `Social Historian’. The module first considers the rise of the Nazis in the period prior to 1933, concentrating on the relative importance of long-term and short-term factors in the demise of the Weimar Republic, and the ways in which Hitler and the NSDAP took advantage of economic, social and political instability in the Germany in the 1920s and early 1930s. The second part of this module examines what the Nazis did with the power they achieved and developed after 1933, focusing on claims that the outcome of Nazi policies in areas such as employment, industrial relations, education, welfare, race and culture amounted to a social revolution.