• Was the Weimar Constitution fatally
• What aspects of the treaty of the Treaty
of Versailles were most difficult for
Germans to accept?
• Did the Treaty of Versailles
fundamentally weaken Germany?
• “Descent into Chaos” and “The Poison
Kitchen” – What do these readings tell
you about post-war conditions in
• Assess the threats to Weimar from the
extreme left and the extreme right. Which
branch of political extremism was more
dangerous to Weimar Germany and why?
• To what extent do you agree with the
statement that the Weimar Republic was
“a republic without republicans”? Refer to
your reading in your response.
• Study the political cartoons on pages 44
and 49. What messages do they convey?
• What caused the Great Inflation of
• How great a threat did it pose for
• What were its main effects?
• How important a figure was
Stresemann to the Weimar Republic at
An artist’s final warning: Fritz Lang’s The
Testament of Dr. Mabuse
Formative Socratic seminar
• Why did the Weimar Republic collapse
in 1933 and why did it give way to
Hitler and the Nazis?
• Layton, Weimar and the Rise of Nazi Germany, 1918-1933
• “Descent into Chaos” from R.J. Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich,
• “The Poison Kitchen” from R. Rosenbaum, Explaining Hitler, pp. 37-
• “Weaknesses of Weimar” from R.J. Evans, The Coming of the Third
Reich, pp. 78-102
• “Fritz Gerlich and the Trial of Hitler’s Nose” from R. Rosenbaum,
Explaining Hitler, pp. 155-167.
• “The Months of Opportunity,” from Alan Bullock, Hitler: A Study in
Tyranny, pp. 210-250.
• The fictional Ernst Janning in Judgement at Nuremburg,