International School History - European Schools - S6 4 hour option

S6 4hr History Last update - 30 May 2013 Official European School History S6 Syllabus: English, French, German
Unit 4 - 1935-1945 The Era of Total War
Key Questions Lessons Additional materials and external links
Coercion, persuasion and consent: how popular were the Nazis? Complete this table over the next three lessons to show the way the Nazi state controlled the people of Germany.

Complete this diagram from Walsh on the Nazi police state.

Walsh 160-75 GCSE Modern World History
Hitler's domestic policy extract taken from James Mason Modern World history to GCSE.

Nazis: A Warning from History Video shown in class. Summary notes to go with the video.

John D Clare on how the Nazis consolidated power and how their rule affected ordinary Germans.

Fascinating film biography about Goebbels. Various significant Nazi Propaganda films.

Isherwood's Berlin how accurate? - BBC Totalitarianism in the cinema - Orwell's 1984 and The Wave

 

How were the Jews treated in Nazi Germany? Complete the questions about the Jews in Nazi Germany from page 4 form this extract taken from James Mason Modern World history to GCSE.

 

Video - People's Century Master Race.

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Why did the League of Nations fail in Abyssinia? Complete questions from this extract taken from James Mason Modern World history to GCSE.

Video - Edited extract from the People's Century series on the League of Nations.

 

Video - People's Century Lost Peace.

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How did Hitler challenge the Treaty of Versailles? Complete this table over the next two lessons on how Hitler challenged the Treaty of Versailles. Video - The Nazis a warning from history - causes of World War II.
Why did Britain appease Hitler?
Abyssinia role-play activity

Complete this table to explain why the British appeased Hitler in the 1930s.

 

Videos of previous role-plays
Print friendly versions: Activity outline, Minister briefing notes, Prime Minister notes. and Prime Minister questions

Video - The Nazis a warning from history - causes of World War II.
Video - BBC 20th Century History File - Why appeasement?

 

How have historians debated the causes of World War II? The three main theories that explain WWII: PowerPoint

1. Inevitable? - extract from Culpin and Henig.
2. Hitler's war? - extract from Darby
3. Guilty Men? - extract from Darby

 

Short essays on the causes of WWII: Graham Darby, Andrew Crozier and John Charmley.

Extra materials: Darby on British and French foreign policy as a cause of war and why they went to war for Poland in 1939. McDonough on why war broke out in Asia.

Video - The Nazis a warning from history - causes of World War II.
Video - BBC 20th Century History File - Why appeasement?

 

Why were the 1930s a turning point in the history of warfare? Activity on the nature of war in the interwar period.

PowerPoint on the era of total war

Video - Simon Schama on Picasso's Guernica. Video - Ken Loach's film about the Spanish Civil War, inspired by Orwell's Homage to Catalonia.

Old documentary video using archive film of the Spanish Civil War and Herbert Kline's - Heart of Spain a rare contemporary documentary.

For the massacre at Nanjing see the video John Rabe - The Good Nazi of Nanking

 

Why was Germany successful in the initial stages of World War II? Questions 1-5 from this worksheet.

Walsh GCSE Modern World History Chapter 10.1 (pp. 278-300) Essay on the events of WWII in Europe.

 

Video Apocalypse: The Second World War. A recent French made documentary brings often repeated images alive through the use of colour.

BBC on World War II.
 

Hypertext version of the IB History of Europe Course Companion See my IB website for an extended version of the essay.
What was the kinder transport? Film seen the lesson about the rescue mission of Nicholas Winton

 

Winton now 104 years old (May 2013)

 

Extermination, collaboration and resistance: what happened to the people during World War II? Essay on the events of WWII in Europe.
 
See my IB website for Germany, Britain and Spain at war.

Video - Liquidation of the Jewish Ghetto in Kraków as seen by Spielberg.
 
Escaping the train to Auschwitz -On 19 April 1943, a train carrying 1,631 Jews set off from a Nazi detention camp in Belgium for Auschwitz...

BBC six-episode documentary presenting the story of Auschwitz through interviews with former inmates and guards and re-enactments

Dramatic reconstruction of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, Conspiracy

In February 1943, 11-year-old Simon Gronowski was sitting down for breakfast with his mother and sister in their Brussels hiding place when two Gestapo agents burst in... (BBC article)

Resistance in Germany as seen in the following films: Sophie Scholl, Swing Kids and Valkyrie.

The occupation of France produced one of the greatest and controversial documentaries of all time - The Sorrow and the Pity.

On the Oradour massacre see this award winning documentary.  My website on Oradour (En or Fr). The 2004 commemorations from French television.

Video on the Holocaust. Notes from the film.
Video - Schindler's List
Video - Blitz in UK

 

Why was Germany defeated? Questions 6-10 from this worksheet.

Walsh GCSE Modern World History Chapter 10.1 (pp. 278-300) Essay on the events of WWII in Europe.

Video - D-day as seen by Spielberg.

Niall Ferguson video on World War II.
 
Hypertext version of the IB History of Europe Course Companion See my IB website for an extended version of the essay.

Video on the war in Eastern Europe. Notes from the film.
Video on the defeat of Germany. Notes from the film

 

Timeline of essential events in Unit 4 and Quiz  
 
 

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