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AS Scheme of Work – Unit 1: History of Europe 1878-1989

 Course Outline Focus


1.:   Concepts and perspectives The challenges facing the Weimar Republic c.1918-1923

  • Introduction: Two views of German history, ‘Hitler, Germany’s fate!’ v ‘Hitler, Germany’s misfortune!’
  • The ‘revolution from above’: why was a democratic regime born out of Germany’s defeat?
  • ‘The stab in the back.’ Origins, significance and validity.
  • President Ebert: What would you have done in Germany in 1918-19?
  • Ebert’s decisions and deals: using the Freikorps to crush the Left
  • Develop a basic understanding of the Weimar Constitution, political structure and voting system
·         Timeline P.6

·         Core text SHP, Activity 1-4, P.2-3 Paired work task. Research, independent learning

·         Core text SHP, Focus Route activity P.12

·         Core text SHP, Activity 1&2 P.14

Paired work activity, P.18-19

Source work activity P.23

·         P.25 comparison exercise

·         P.26 questions on extracts of constitution- Paired work

·         P.30 Verdict activity

·         P.31-32 Survival. List the strengths and weaknesses

·         Extension activity 1 Shared Area



Concepts and perspectives: Why did the Weimar Republic survive the crises of c. 1918-1923?

  • How great a burden was the Treaty of Versailles? P.35-9
  • Did Weimar democracy face a serious challenge from the Left? (Spartacists) P.40-41
  • Challenge from the Right 1: Kapp Putsch and political assassinations P.42-44
  • Economic instability: Did the 1923 hyperinflation crisis undermine Weimar democracy? P.44-50
  • Challenge from the Right 2: The Munich Putsch 1923 P.51-55
  • Review: Why did the Republic survive? P.56-57
  • How far did the German people support the Republic? P.62-63
  • Focus route activities
  • Using political cartoons as historical evidence P.38-39
  • Source work
  • Independent learning
  • Paired/small group work
  • Reading List
  • DVD/Video library
  • Governments, parties and elections- interpreting data
  • Paired work- How can political posters be used to explain election results?
  • Extension activity 2, Shared Area


2. Concepts and perspectives: The Stresemann Era- extent of change in economic and foreign policy, 1924-29

  • How secure was the economic recovery? P.71-74
  • Comparing statistics for the Weimar economy P.74-75
  • Who was responsible for problems in the economy? P.75
  • Aim and strategy: What foreign policy did Stresemann pursue? P.79-81
  • The Reparations issue (Versailles Treaty, Dawes Plan, Locarno Pact, Berlin Treaty, Young Plan) P.82-83
  • Was Stresemann a ‘good European’ or a ‘good German’?         P.84
  • Review: How far did Stresemann’s foreign policy strengthen the Weimar Republic? P.87-88
  • Weimar Kultur: Caberet, art and dancing girls! Cultural experimentation and German reaction.
  • Timeline P.59
  • Read Handling statistics/ guide to eco terms P. 72-73
  • Independent learning
  • Core text SHP
  • Reading list
  • DVD/Video library
  • Focus route P.80
  • Small group activity, P.79, on Stresemann’s FP options.
  • P.89-98. Independent study
  • Group work: .research different aspects of Weimar
  • Paired work activity P.96
  • Extension activity 3,5, 6,7+8, Shared Area



3. The changing fortunes of the Nazi party, 1924-1933

  • A. What role did Hitler play in the rise of the Nazis? P.112-3
  • B. How well organised were the Nazis? P.114-5
  • C. SA tactics and the role of violence P.116-7
  • D. Who supported the Nazis? P.118-23
  • E. Why? Reasons for growth in support P.124-7
  • Review: Why did the Nazis become the largest party?
  • Independent learning Timeline P.110-111
  • Activity P.112
  • Activity P.114-5
  • Focus routes P.116-17
  • Reading list
  • DVD/Video library
  • Preliminary exercise P.118
  • Source work P. 119-121
  • Historical debate P. 122-3
  • Source work: Examining Nazi propaganda
  • Historians’ assessment P.126
  • P.129 Review activity







4. The crisis of the Weimar Republic 1929-1933

  • A. Economic, social + political impact of the Depression
  • How was Germany affected by the slump? P.102-4
  • How did German governments react to the slump? P.104-5
  • How did German voters react to the slump? P.106-7
  • Review: Was Weimar democracy undermined by the Great Depression?
  • B. Why did parliamentary government decline after 1930? P.131-5
  • The President and his Chancellors (Also role of Gregor Strasser)
  • 1932 elections (Reichstag/Presidential)
  • Focus: Chancellor Bruning and the Fall of the ‘Grand Coalition’
  • Political intrigue: Was Hitler’s rise inevitable?
  • Why was Hitler appointed Chancellor in Jan 1933?
  • Review of unit 4. P. 145-150


5.. Historical interpretations of key issues of this period

  • Political and economic instability of early Weimar period 1918-23
  • Domestic and Foreign policy developments 1924-9
  • Nazi rise to Power

7. Revision

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8. Introduction to A2.

  • Paired work/Focus route activity
  • Focus route P.104
  • Using data; Source work
  • Independent learning
  • Create big spider diagram to cover main consequences
  • Reading list
  • Parliamentary v Presidential government. Re-cap P.62 parties in govt.
  • Profile each character P.133-149 Group work?
  • Activity P.134
  • P.1136-7 Source work
  • P.138-9
  • Examine Hindenburg’s motive. P.142-4
  • Extension activity 9, Shared Area
  • Verdicts on the Constitution, P.30
  • Historians’ assessments and debate, P.98
  • Controversy over Weimar and the Rise of Hitler, P.153-7, 158-9.
  • (SAM) Specimen paper and Mark Scheme available
Summary of Assessment

Unit HY                   1


A2 Scheme of Work: International Relations and Russia

Term Course Outline Focus
Term1Sept- Oct 1. International Relations 1919-39

  • Reconciliation/peace Treaties post-WW1
  • The League of Nations and the establishment of international agreements
  • Italian foreign policy in the 20s and 30s
  • German foreign policy in the 20s and 30s
  • The crises leading to the outbreak of WW11.
  • Course advice and guidance
  • Independent working
  • Revision/knowledge tests
  • DVD/Video Library
  • Essay-writing skills/practice Rf. Comprehensive list of PPQs e.g. ‘To what extent did Italian foreign policy have the greatest impact on international relations in the period 1919-1939?’ (Jan 2012)
  • WJEC website, Examiners’ Report
Oct- Dec 2. The Second World War in Europe 1939-1945

  • Blitzkrieg and German success in Western Europe
  • Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, El Alamein
  • German invasion of the USSR (1941) and its consequences/Stalingrad/Kursk
  • D-Day- Market Garden
  • The defeat of Germany: Yalta, Potsdam and making peace
  • Course advice and guidance
  • Evaluation of Sources
  • Independent working
  • Revision/ knowledge tests
  • DVD/Video library
  • Essay-writing skills/practice
  1. Synoptic element, Russia, c.1881-1989
  • The autocracy of Tsars Alexander III+ Nicholas 11- 1905 ‘Revn’
  • Tsar Nicholas II and the Duma 1905-17, and WW1
  • Feb. Rev + Provisional Government under Kerensky 1917
  • The political, economic + social state of Russia and the policies of its rulers– including whether they stayed the same/changed from 1880-1989
  • The causes of the political, economic + social state of Russia and the policies of its rulers, and the effects upon Russian life
  • Course advice and guidance
  • Independent working
  • Revision and knowledge tests
  • DVD/Video library
  • Comprehensive list of PPQs e.g. ‘How far were economic developments the most significant influence on Russia in the period 1881-1989?’ (June 2014)



  • The Soviet Union under Lenin 1917-1924
  • The Soviet Union under dictator Stalin 1924-1953
  • The political, economic + social state of Russia and the policies of its rulers– including whether they stayed the same/changed from 1880-1989
  • The causes of the political, economic + social state of Russia and the policies of its rulers, and the effects upon Russian life


  • The Soviet Union under Khrushchev and Brezhnev 1953-1980
  • The Soviet Union under Gorbachev (Glasnost and Perestroika) 1985-1989


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  • The political, economic + social state of Russia and the policies of its rulers– including whether they stayed the same/changed from 1880-1989
  • The causes of the political, economic + social state of Russia and the policies of its rulers, and the effects upon Russian life
  • More essay writing practice
  • Emphasis on timing.

Summary of Assessment

Unit HY4: Worth 80 marks. 1 hour 40 minutes written paper. Answer one question from Section A (IR) and one question from Section B (Russia)

Term Course Outline Focus
Term1Sept- Oct 1. Introduction to the period 1830-48 (The condition of the country 1830).Political / Economic / Social Issues / Religious / Cultural / Important Personalities etc.
  • Working with sources
  • Own investigations to gain a knowledge of the period

Alternate Years

  • Trip to Big Pit and Blaenavon: World Heritage Site / London Trip & Parliament Tour.
Oct- Nov 2. 1832 Crisis- the Great Reform Act:Merthyr Rising ,Swing Riots

(Political Reform & Protest)

  • Knowledge test
  • Working on Source questions
Nov- Dec 3. Chartism 1836-1848:Newport rising

(Political Reform & Protest)

  • Knowledge test
  • Working on Multi Source questions


Chartism Continued4. The Campaign for Social Reform 1830-48

The Poor Law Amendment Act 1834.

(Passing of Act and opposition to it)

Conditions in Factories and Mines.

(Reasons for Reform)

Cholera & the Public Health Debate.

Education for Children.

  • Working in groups
  • Presentations
  • Knowledge test
  • Working on Multi Source questions
Feb- Mar


5. Revision 1830-48:Good Luck in your exams! J6. Introduction to Rebecca Coursework

(Ready for Yr 13)

  • Exam advice
  • Practice Papers


  • Collection and Evaluation of suitable Sources

Summary of Assessment

Unit HY2: Worth 20% (80 marks)

1 hour 20 mins written paper. Choose 1 question from a choice of 2.

Based on evaluation of historical sources & interpretations.