This unit is a depth study from Paper 1 and it covers the period of German history between the First and Second World Wars. It analyses the attempts to create a new democratic society in Germany out of the post-war turmoil which ended with the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Attention is also paid to the rise of the Nazi party and the tactics it used to undermine Democracy in order to create a Dictatorship led by Adolf Hit1er. Life in Hitler's Germany is also analysed as is Germany during the Second World War, ending with Hitler's suicide in May 1945. Areas of study include:
As this unit is a depth study, it will be assessed in the exam through four knowledge based questions which test students chronological understanding, explanation of consequence, analysis of causation and ability to form a historical argument using sources and their own knowledge:
Question (a) - will focus on chronological understanding and recall of knowledge and is worth three marks. You will be expected to arrange five events into their correct chronological order.
Question (b) - will focus on your ability to explain consequence or the effects of an event. Students will be given a choice of two events in which they have to explain one effect of that event.
Question (c) - will focus on your ability to explain the causes of an event. You will need to explain in detail two causes of an event and show how those causes are linked to achieve full marks. This question is worth seven marks.
Question (d) - this question is an essay question that asks students to explain either the causes, effects or changes of a particular event/period. Students will be provided with a source which they are required to use along with their own knowledge. This question is worth ten marks.