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    No problem.... How do you normally revise???



    (Original post by CD223)
    That's such a cool technique! I might try that thanks for sharing!


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    (Original post by dmcque)
    No problem.... How do you normally revise???
    I've made loads of flash cards for the whole course and now I'm starting to plan essays - have you done many past papers?


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    If done a few if I'm honest.... not many. Its learning content for me. my teacher says my essay style is good so i need to learn content to ensure my detail is high to get high marks....... if all goes wrong we can make up statistics. As long as they sound reasonable they won't be checked. haha!




    (Original post by CD223)
    I've made loads of flash cards for the whole course and now I'm starting to plan essays - have you done many past papers?


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    (Original post by dmcque)
    If done a few if I'm honest.... not many. Its learning content for me. my teacher says my essay style is good so i need to learn content to ensure my detail is high to get high marks....... if all goes wrong we can make up statistics. As long as they sound reasonable they won't be checked. haha!
    I find that's often the case with history! Believable stats aren't my forté though haha!


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    What points for and against would you bring up for the question

    'Nazi war production in the years 1939-45 was essentially inefficient'
    How far do you agree with this view?
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    (Original post by Ahmed_Duale)
    What points for and against would you bring up for the question

    'Nazi war production in the years 1939-45 was essentially inefficient'
    How far do you agree with this view?
    Agree: Nazi party structure and organisation - duplication of function
    Agree: Economy inefficiencies - lack of rationalisation before Speer, mishaps with foreign and female labour

    Disagree: Rationalisation under Speer
    Disagree: Home front morale high - importance of consumer

    Any more ideas?


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    Thanks, the only other thing I would mention is a lack of raw materials, although this did improve as the war went on.
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    (Original post by Ahmed_Duale)
    Thanks, the only other thing I would mention is a lack of raw materials, although this did improve as the war went on.
    Good point. Germany was never self sufficient in raw materials as it wasn't a natural producer. It imported Romanian coal which wasn't enough.

    It failed to fully exploit the areas of land it invaded, and never managed to capture the caucuses region of the USSR when it launched Operation Barbarossa.

    Further, the USSR's scorched earth policy was detrimental to German war efforts. The occupied Donbas region of Ukraine produced only 5% of its pre-war output.


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    5%? Jesus.

    Anyways it seems we've had a Weimar question every year, can we expect one this year as well? I'm currently focusing on Second Reich and Hitler's consolidation of power, nazi war opposition and holocaust.
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    (Original post by WilliamSlim)
    5%? Jesus.

    Anyways it seems we've had a Weimar question every year, can we expect one this year as well? I'm currently focusing on Second Reich and Hitler's consolidation of power, nazi war opposition and holocaust.
    It seems to be that way aha.

    I'm thinking Nazi consolidation and possibly Weimar? I have no idea.
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    It's gotta be nazi consolidation they've never asked it!


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    I kind of hope last unit doesn't come up because it's probably the one unit you have pretty much nothing to say about. Economy (I think) came up last year, so there'd be nothing else, apart from the final solution which is not a very good topic tbh
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    (Original post by Nchomuzinda)
    It's gotta be nazi consolidation they've never asked it!


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    I would like it to be. What do you think we should include?

    Events:
    Reichstag Fire
    March Elections
    Opening of Dachau
    Potsdam Day
    Enabling Act
    Banning of SPD/KPD
    Dissolutions of Centre, DNVP, DDP and DVP parties
    Concordat with Catholic church
    Nazis only legal party in Germany

    Factors:
    Terror and violence?
    Propaganda?
    Support of elites?
    Pragmatism?
    Hitler's personal role?


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    (Original post by cuppa)
    I kind of hope last unit doesn't come up because it's probably the one unit you have pretty much nothing to say about. Economy (I think) came up last year, so there'd be nothing else, apart from the final solution which is not a very good topic tbh
    Final solution would be interesting. Chronologically, what era are we supposed to be aware of in the treatment of Jews for that unit?

    1939-45? Or beforehand too?


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Final solution would be interesting. Chronologically, what era are we supposed to be aware of in the treatment of Jews for that unit?

    1939-45? Or beforehand too?


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    I think it would be from 1939. For what comes before, we should probably only really mention things like the anti-Semitic nazi origins and all that, if they need be mentioned
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    (Original post by cuppa)
    I think it would be from 1939. For what comes before, we should probably only really mention things like the anti-Semitic nazi origins and all that, if they need be mentioned
    AH cool! It's just my teacher talked of Kristallnacht etc. I wasn't sure whether to make comparisons over how far it radicalized in the war.
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    I think you've highlighted all the key areas I think structuring it is the hardest part. I would say that the support of the elites was the most important reason why the Nazis could consolidate power. 1 paragraph on support of elites, another on terror and violence then another on veneer of legality. How would you struture your points into an argument ?

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    I would like it to be. What do you think we should include?

    Events:
    Reichstag Fire
    March Elections
    Opening of Dachau
    Potsdam Day
    Enabling Act
    Banning of SPD/KPD
    Dissolutions of Centre, DNVP, DDP and DVP parties
    Concordat with Catholic church
    Nazis only legal party in Germany

    Factors:
    Terror and violence?
    Propaganda?
    Support of elites?
    Pragmatism?
    Hitler's personal role?


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    (Original post by Nchomuzinda)
    I think you've highlighted all the key areas I think structuring it is the hardest part. I would say that the support of the elites was the most important reason why the Nazis could consolidate power. 1 paragraph on support of elites, another on terror and violence then another on veneer of legality. How would you struture your points into an argument ?
    Hmm. I think I would say

    Support of elites/key institutions:
    • Potsdam day gaining respect of the elites such as Hindenburg and the kaiser's son
    • Elites wanting a buffer to KPD, who gained 6.4 million votes in March 1933
    • Concordat with church reducing interference
    • Grauert's call for the Reichstag fire decree

    Veneer of legality:
    • Reichstag fire decree seen as justified after building burnt down
    • Enabling Act allows legal dictatorial power
    • Law for the restoration of the professional civil service on 7th April removes opponents

    Terror, violence and pragmatism:
    • March elections rigged and dominated by SA violence
    • 150,000-200,000 political arrests
    • Drafting 500,000 volunteer auxiliary policemen into forces in Prussia
    • Dachau concentration camp opening to house political opponents
    • End to habeas corpus
    • Concordat meaning Hitler will accept Catholicism for acceptance of Nazis


    Thoughts?


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    Would anyone help me add to my essay plans? What could I add to each question? What am I missing?

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    Past Exam Questions: Germany 1900-1945: From Kaiser to Führer

    June 2010
    1. ‘Hitler became Chancellor in January 1933 because he was leader of the most popular party in Germany.’ How far do you agree with this opinion?

    2. ‘The Final Solution evolved because of the chaotic nature of the Nazi Regime in the years 1939–42.’ How far do you agree with this opinion?

    June 2011
    1. To what extent was the effective government of Germany in the years 1919–33 handicapped by the nature of the Weimar Constitution?

    2. To what extent did the Nazi Regime face serious opposition within Germany during the years 1939–45?


    June 2012
    1. To what extent was Germany a parliamentary democracy in the years 1900–14?

    2. ‘The transformation in the fortunes of the Nazi Party in the years 1930–33 was largely because of Hitler’s remarkable talents as a politician.’ How far do you agree with this opinion?





    June 2013
    1. To what extent did the social and political tensions that existed within the Second Reich increase during the First World War?

    2. How far do you agree that the new Weimar Republic was seriously threatened by political extremists in the years 1919–24?

    June 2014
    1. How far do you agree with the view that, in the years 1919–29, the democratic experiment in Germany must be seen as a success?



    2. ‘Nazi war production in the years 1939–45 was essentially inefficient.’ How far do you agree with this view?


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    You've got a lot of really good points not sure how you will fit them all into an argument. What about the role of Frick- minister of interior, Goebbells minister of propaganda did they help consolidate nazi power ?



    (Original post by CD223)
    Hmm. I think I would say

    Support of elites/key institutions:
    • Potsdam day gaining respect of the elites such as Hindenburg and the kaiser's son
    • Elites wanting a buffer to KPD, who gained 6.4 million votes in March 1933
    • Concordat with church reducing interference
    • Grauert's call for the Reichstag fire decree

    Veneer of legality:
    • Reichstag fire decree seen as justified after building burnt down
    • Enabling Act allows legal dictatorial power
    • Law for the restoration of the professional civil service on 7th April removes opponents

    Terror, violence and pragmatism:
    • March elections rigged and dominated by SA violence
    • 150,000-200,000 political arrests
    • Drafting 500,000 volunteer auxiliary policemen into forces in Prussia
    • Dachau concentration camp opening to house political opponents
    • End to habeas corpus
    • Concordat meaning Hitler will accept Catholicism for acceptance of Nazis


    Thoughts?


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