Power and authority in the modern world

Secure your understanding of the Modern History Core with Brad Kelly, co-author of Power and Authority in the Modern World. In this 5-hour course, you will gain insights into the rise of Nazi Germany in light of the failures of the post-World War I settlement. You will make the connections necessary in order to help your students better understand why and how the Nazis emerged and what drew people to them. You will develop an appreciation of why German democracy collapsed and explain the political, legal, economic and cultural transformation of German society under Nazism.

$360 (+GST)

In this course you will learn

Part 1: The search for peace and the drumbeats of war

The search for peace at the end of World I was spring-loaded with tension from the start: how could international peace and security be achieved under the shadow of profound national trauma and the desire for revenge?

The Wilsonian promise of a fair international settlement had coaxed the Germans to the negotiating table. But the German exclusion at the Paris Peace Conference in January 1919 would set the tone for what was to come. The Conference was wracked by the tension between the secret treaties concluded under old European diplomacy and the American hope for a better, more international, liberal and democratic order. The failure to achieve peace and security under the League of Nations led to the steady march of the fascism, totalitarianism and militarism it was designed to prevent. We close off Part 1 by asking what lessons, if any, the United Nations learned from the failure of collective security in the interwar period.


Part 2: The Golden 20s and the collapse of democracy until 1934

 This part begins with another tension: how is it that the liberal democratic Germany of Dietrich, Einstein, Brecht and Toller collapsed under the rising tide of fascism?

This part begins by looking at the Golden Years of Weimar and the watershed challenges of 1919, 1923 and 1929. It explores the rising tide of fascism and authoritarianism in Germany and the reasons for the collapse of democracy. It will look at the early Nazi Party, its electoral fortunes after 1929 and its ability to exploit the constitution in an effort to seize power. This section will explore the Nazi seizure of power in January 1933 through to the consolidation of power in August 1934.


Part 3: The Nazis in power

From the moment Hitler seized power, the Nazi Party set about gaining a foothold into every area of German life. In this section, we will explore the pseudo-legal measures and political hackery that effectively ended democracy; the nature of Nazi ideology and the transformation of daily life and persecution of minorities; the policies and practices that elevated the Nazi view of the state and individual; and the machinery of terror and repression upon which the Nazi state was built.

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About Brad

Brad is the founder and senior presenter at Cornerstone Teacher Learning. He is a teacher, writing and professional learning coach who has spent over two decades in education as a History and English teacher, holding various middle leadership positions as a department head, Director of Secondary and more recently in professional learning. He is the author of seven textbooks with Cengage and Small Caps publishing, and has had over 1,500 teachers through his courses on writing instruction in the areas of history, English and cross-curricular interventions. Brad is interested in learning how students and teachers learn with a keen interest in literacy and assessment.