What you'll study in the Seduction and Terror - Hitler's Germany class from Freie Universität Berlin
We will also examine the popular literature that Hitler and many of his supporters read and absorbed.
The ‘Thousand Year Reich’ promised by Hitler when he became Chancellor of Germany in January 1933 lasted but 12 years. During this time, Hitler and his Nazi Party came to dominate Europe, terrorizing vast numbers of Germans, launching a devastating war, and orchestrating the murder of more than five million Jews. Despite the terror and vast destruction, Hitler and the Nazi Party gained the active support and involvement of most Germans. How was this possible? What roles did seduction and terror, consent and coercion, play?
Crucial to understanding the lure of Hitler and the Nazi Party was Germany’s experience in the First World War, a conflict that decimated a generation and destroyed Europe as it was known. It left in its wake a shattered, humiliated, and deeply torn Germany. In this climate of uncertainty and despair, Hitler and the Nazi Party grew from a small group on the fringe of radical politics in Munich into a national force. This development is of central importance to this session. Those traits of Hitler crucial to his success, particularly his charisma, will be defined and analyzed within the broader political context of Weimar political and cultural life.
In late January 1933, Hitler gained the long desired but elusive goal: he became chancellor of Germany, the leader of a coalition government. The political intrigues leading to his appointment will be discussed. Much attention will be paid in this session to how Hitler, his cabinet, and supporters were able to consolidate the control over the state and society within a matter of months. This came at the cost of political liberties, through the growing use of terror, oppression, and intimidation. Yet, Hitler gained supporters as he seemingly offered economic stability and a new unity to the German people. How did the regime solidify its control over society and over political life? Was it seduction or terror, consent or coercion?
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- World War I, Hitler, and German society, 1914-1918: from peacetime to war to revolution to democracy, a society torn apart
- Aftermath of war: revolution and political violence - Hitler and the emergence of the Nazi Party, 1918-1924
- The Weimar Republic: politics, economics, culture, and social change
- Field trip: Topography of Terror
The programme welcomes students from all disciplines who are interested in gaining an insight into the operations and dynamics of Nazi rule in Germany, its attempt to annihilate the Jews and to dominate the continent.
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies History Political Science View 19 other Short Courses in Area & Cultural Studies in Germany
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Students should be able to speak and read English at the upper intermediate level (B2) or higher
- We welcome students from all disciplines who are interested in gaining an insight into the operations and dynamics of Nazi rule in Germany and its attempt to annihilate the Jews and to dominate the continent.
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International1850 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1850 EUR for the full programme during 43 days.
EU/EEA1850 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1850 EUR for the full programme during 43 days.
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