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Access to History: Weimar & the Rise of Nazi Germany 1918-33

By | Copyright Year:2005 | ISBN-13: 9780340888957

This is a new edition of From Bismarck to Hitler 1890-33. It has been extensively revised to reflect the focus of current specifications. It is aimed specifically at AS students - providing the right amount of depth and accessibility as well as encouraging the development of AS skills through the study guides.

It charts the political developments of this period, from the setting up of the Weimar republic and its early challenges, through its period of relative stability to the rise of the Nazi party.

Throughout the book key dates, terms and issues are highlighted, and historical interpretations of key debates are outlined. Summary diagrams are included to consolidate knowledge and understanding of the period, and exam style questions and tips for each examination board provide the opportunity to develop exam skills.


Chapter 1 The German Revolution, 1918-19
1. The collapse of Kaiser’s Germany
2. The provisional government
3. The political parties
Study Guide

Chapter 2 Two Fundamental Documents
1 The Weimar constitution
2 The Treaty of Versailles
Study Guide

Chapter 3 Threats to Weimar
1 The extreme Left
2 The extreme Right
3 The conservative elites
Study Guide

Chapter 4 The economic crisis
1 Ruhr occupation and passive resistance
2 The causes of the hyper–inflation
3 The consequences of the hyper–inflation
4 Stresemann’s 100 days
Study Guide

Chapter 5
1 Economic recovery
2 Political recovery
3 Gustav Stresemann and Weimar foreign policy
4 The cultural ‘golden years’
Study Guide

Chapter 6
1 Hitler’s early years and key ideas
2 The failure of the Beer Hall putsch
3 Re-organisation of the party
4 Fortunes of the Nazi Party in the Twenties
Study Guide

Chapter 7 The decline of Weimar democracy and the rise of Nazism, 1929-33
1 The economic depression
2 Political stalemate
3 Nazi voters
4 The appointment of Hitler as chancellor
5 Nazi consolidation of power, Jan 1933-March 1933
Study Guide


Geoff Layton is an experienced A Level History author, specialising in the 20th Century history of Germany.


Redesigned and refocused content to allow greater accessibility to a wide range of AS students.

Support with assessment and exam skills through the study guides at the end of each chapter.

New features such as definitions, key questions and summaries to aid learning.