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Nelson Modern History: Germany 1918 – 1945

By | Copyright Year:2015 | ISBN-13: 9780170244091

Germany 1918 – 1945 has been developed for senior secondary students of History and is part of the Nelson Modern History series. Each book in the series is based on the understanding that History is an interpretive study of the past by which students also come to better appreciate the making of the modern world. Developing understandings of the past and present in senior History extends on the skills learnt in earlier years. Students will use historical skills, including research, evaluation, synthesis, analysis and communication. They will rely on their knowledge of the historical concepts such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, empathy, perspectives and contestability, to understand and interpret societies from the past. The activities and tasks have been written to ensure that students develop the skills and attributes required for senior History subjects.

This text explores the tumultuous history of Germany from the establishment of the Weimar Republic in 1918 to military defeat in 1945. This book utilises a rich array of visual and text sources and incorporates recent historiography. Students are guided clearly and concisely through the complex foundations and structures of the Weimar society, the rise and seizure of power of the Nazi Party, the establishment of the Third Reich and Germany's experience of World War II.

Series Editor, Tony Taylor is the past Director of the National Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of History and the National Centre for History Education. From 2006 to 2010 he was a senior consultant to federal government bodies responsible for the development of Australian Curriculum History, while researching and publishing extensively in various topics in education and History.


About the series
Series editor acknowledgements
Author acknowledgements


The Weimar Republic – a new Germany

The Nazis rise to power

The totalitarian state

Creating a new Germany – the racial state

War and defeat 1939–1945



K.J. Mason taught in New South Wales and Queensland for 40 years and has written numerous history textbooks, most notably Experience of Nationhood and Republic to Reich. In 2006 James was awarded an OAM in the General Division for services to secondary education and in particular the teaching and writing of history.


The Nelson Modern History series is an extensive suite of full colour topic books developed for Australian senior students. Each title draws on recent scholarship, historiography and history specific pedagogy to ensure relevance and teachability. Providing flexibility for schools and students, Nelson Modern History is the up to date and relevant history education solution for senior students

The front cover of each title features a line drawing associated with the topic. Functioning as a topic starter, this iconic image is unpacked with a photograph and commentary with a link to a key individual and an illustrated timeline

The introduction to each book includes a brief overview of the topic and a handy reference sequence that includes profiles of major figures and organisations, definitions of key concepts and summaries of major documents

Each chapter is structured around inquiry questions and includes age appropriate language, recent research in the field, diagrams, maps and illustrations, biographical profiles that incorporate activities and discussions of historians and schools of interpretation

Chapters close with a topic summary, suggestions for further reading and review activities that consolidate content knowledge and build historical skills

Each title closes with a brief summation and a set of activities that encourage students to draw on their learning and reflect on the topic as a whole.