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Germany – Nazi Germany, 1933-45

7. Consensus and Support

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In this module, we think about the extent to which ordinary Germans supported Hitler and the Nazi regime between 1933-45, focusing in particular on: (i) the popularity of Hitler before he became Chancellor in 1933; (ii) the factors that contributed to his popularity after he came to power, including the economic recovery, rearmament and his broader foreign policy, e.g. the remilitarization of the Rhineland, the Anschluss; (iii) the popularity of Nazi racial policy, including the success of anti-Semitic propaganda across a range of media; (iv) the impact of the Second War World, both its early successes and its later losses; and (v) the reasons why German soldiers continued to fight even after it became obvious that the war had been lost.


In this course, Professor Neil Gregor (University of Southampton) explores several aspects of Nazi Germany, 1933-45. In the first module, we think about the ideology of the Nazi Party, before turning in the second module to consider Hitler’s rise to power. In the third module, we think about the nature of the Nazi government, before moving on in the fourth module to consider Nazi foreign policy in the period 1933-41. In the fifth module, we think about German opposition to the Nazi regime, while in the sixth module we consider the role of terror in overcoming this opposition. In the seventh module, we think about the extent to which ordinary Germans supported Hitler and the Nazi regime, before turning in the eighth module to consider the role of treatment of women in Nazi Germany. In the ninth module, we think about Nazi education and culture and its importance in promoting Nazi ideology, before turning in the tenth module to the Holocaust.


Neil Gregor is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Southampton. His research interests range widely across twentieth-century German history, and have encompassed, at various points, aspects of business history, social history, cultural history and literary studies, along with historiography. His recent publications include (as editor) Dreams of Germany: Musical Imaginaries from the Concert Hall to the Dance Floor. (2019) and How to Read Hitler (2014).

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