Project #160248 - Nazi Germany

History Tutors

Subject History
Due By (Pacific Time) 12/14/2016 10:00 am

Part I. Essay Question (70 points)
You will be asked to write an essay on one of the following two questions. (your choice) This essay will be the main focus for you. Please think about as many specific examples—i.e. ID-like terms—into your essay, to make it concrete.

1. Did the manner in which the National Socialists seized power in the years leading up to 1933 reveal the way they would rule Germany?

In answering this, it might be best to address the question in two stages:
- What were the National Socialist electoral promises and electoral strategies from 1920s to 1933? - What would be their domestic agenda and/or policy after 1933?

I would especially focus on the latter part...i.e. on their domestic agenda and/or policy after 1933.

2. Was the Holocaust inevitable after 1933?

In answering this, it might be best to address the following topics; Did the Holocaust arise out of Nazi ideology and/or beliefs? Out of notions of eugenics and/or race-science? Out of the dynamics in the way policy was determined in the Nazi regime? Out of widespread German anti-Semitism? Or out of the circumstances of war?

Part II. Short Answer (10 points)
There will be a short answer section asking you to (in a couple of short paragraphs) identify and explain the historical significance of an image, or to describe a quotation from one of the readings. (You will be able to choose one of several to answer.)

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Part III. Identifications (20 points)

You will need to identify 10 of the following terms for the exam.
In two or three sentences, identify each term and—and this is important—explain its historical significance. Lecture notes and the textbook (Bendersky) will be far more helpful than Wikipedia, in terms of getting a sense of what the "historical significance" (i.e. mini- argument) of each term is.

Albert Speer


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Beer Hall Putsch
"Black Horror on the Rhine"
Boycott of April, 1933
Heinrich Brüning
Catholic Center Party (
Otto Dix
Dresden, February 1945
Friedrich Ebert
Enabling Act
Ernst Röhm
Four Year Plan
Franz von Papen
Heinrich Himmler
Hermann Göring
Joseph Goebbels
"Kommissar Order"
George Grosz
Paul von Hindenburg
Kapp Putsch
"Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service" "Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily-Diseased Offspring" German Labor Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront, DAF)
Kraft durch Freude (Strength Through Joy)
DNVP (Deutschnational Volks Partei, or Nationalists)

Leni Riefenstahl
Erich Ludendorff Mauthausen
Munich Agreement November 9 Nuremberg Laws Reichstag Fire Decrees Robert Ritter

Reinhard Heydrich
Rosa Luxemburg
Rudolf Höss (
not Rudolf Hess) Schutzstaffeln (SS)
Spartacus Uprising
Sturmabteilungen (Storm Troops, SA) Adolf Eichmann
Franz von Papen
Versailles Treaty
Wannsee Conference
Yellow Star
Zero Hour
(Stunde Null) Einsatzgruppen 


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