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Authoritarian States - Hitler

IB History
Wheel of Knowledge

Use this Wheel of Knowledge to check your understanding of the Hitler’s Authoritarian State to make sure that you
know in which areas you are strong, and which areas need revision or improvement.

Shade the wheel either green, orange or red using the key below:
Green: I can definitely do this. I understand everything. I don't need to worry about this!
Orange: Hmmm. I can do this, but I maybe I need to check back in my book/notes to be sure. Maybe I have forgotten
Red: What? We studied this? Really? Was I absent?! I need to find out what I’m missing, copy up missed work, and
talk to my teacher about this.

I can explain the

NSDAP’s use of
I can explain how Hitler
propaganda to attack
went from the failed
political opposition
Munich putsch (1923) to
being appointed
Chancellor (1933) I can describe the role the SA/SS played
I can evaluate the ways in intimidating political opponents and
in which the weakness creating a surveillance state.
of the Weimer Republic
contributed to Hitler’s I can describe the
RTP significance of the
I can describe I can describe
Reichstag fire and
the ideology of Hitler’s use of
Enabling Act
the NSDAP force to RTP I can describe I can provide
Hitler’s political examples of how
I can describe maneuvering to Hitler used legal
I can identify Germany after 1918 RTP means, force,
arguments and charismatic
counterarguments leadership and
demonstrating the RTP propaganda to
extent of Hitler’s I can discuss
I can define consolidate power
control and support the method’s
my arguments with used by Hitler
specific evidence to consolidate
totalitarian. I can describe the
extent of
Total Hitler Consolidation
opposition from
I can support my I can identify the Control? of Power I can explain the left, right and
arguments and Internationalist and the nature and military and how
counterarguments with structuralist extent of Hitler dealt with
historiography (Bracher, (revisionist) opposition that it.
Kershaw, Broszat, perspective Hitler faced
Mommsen) Domestic after 1933
Foreign Policy I can describe the
Policy significance of Night
I can define and I can discuss of the Long Knives,
explain the role how Hitler’s the Hitler Oath and
Wehrwirtscheft and ideology and the Gestapo.
autarky played in pragmatism
the economy I can explain influence his
I can discuss how I can explain how the influence foreign policy
NSDAP policies kept social policies the ToV had on
the party in power aimed to create a Hitler’s Foreign I can evaluate the
and mobilized the nationalist state Policy historical debate on
country for war whether Hitler planned for
total war
I can explain how I can discuss the significance of
everyday life changed Anschluss and Lebensraum
as a result domestic
I can provide examples of Hitler’s
I can describe how
pragmatism (Munich agreement,
NSDAP policy effected
Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact)
minorities, women and
Example Paper 2 Questions:

• Discuss why internal opposition to the SPS in Germany was both limited and ineffective.
• To what extent was the ruler of one SPS successful in achieving his aims?
• Examine the contribution of each of the following to the maintenance of Hitler’s SPS
o Control of education
o Propaganda
o The use of force
• To what extent were constitutional flaws responsible for the collapse of democracy in Germany?
• In what way, and with what success, did Hitler (after 1933) honor the promises he made relating to
domestic issues during his rise to power?
• Assess the role of each of the following in Hitler’s rise to power:
o The Paris Peace Settlement
o The actions of Weimer leaders, 1930-33
o Fear of the Left
• “Between 1930-33 the NSDAP was less the party of first choice than the party of last resort in
desperate times.” Discuss this claim with reference to the rapid rise in support for the NSDAP.
• Analyse the methods used and the conditions which helped in the rise to power of one ruler of a
single-party state.
• Evaluate the successes and failures of one ruler of a single-party state.
• Compare and contrast the influence outside their own countries of Hitler and Mao.
• To what extent was the rise to power of one Left wing and one Right wing single party ruler, the
result of previous political problems?
• Assess the role of terror and force in maintaining the ruler in power in two totalitarian states each
chosen from a different region.
• Analyse the methods used by one single-party state ruler in his successful bid for power.
• Evaluate the importance of ideology in the policies of two of the following rulers of single-party
states: Castro; Hitler; Lenin; Mao.
• Compare and contrast the foreign policies of two rulers of single-party states, each chosen from a
different region.
• Examine the global impact of one ruler of a single-party state.
• Examine critically the successes and failures of either Castro or Mussolini, as a leader of a single-
party state.
• How and why was propaganda used in two single-party states, each chosen from a different region.
• “In order to achieve and retain power a leader of a single party-state needed to be ruthless, blind to
human suffering and yet charismatic.” To what extent do you agree with this assertion?
• Account for the rise to power of one of the following: Castro; Mussolini; Nasser.
• Compare and contrast the economic and social policies of Mao and Stalin.