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KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 11 History
Term 1Nazi Germany; The Weimar Republic - origins and The Origins of Nazism   
Students will consider: The origins of the Republic, 1918–19 The legacy of WWI, setting up the Weimar Republic and the new constitution. The early challenges to the Weimar Republic, 1919–23. The recovery of the Republic, 1924–29 Changes in society, 1924–29 Early development of the Nazi Party, 1920–22- 25 point plan and Hitler’s early career. The Munich Putsch and the lean years 1923–29- the reasons and consequences of the Munich Putsch. The growth of unemployment – its causes and impact. The failure of successive Weimar governments to deal with unemployment from 1929 to January 1933. The growth of support for the Communist Party. Reasons for the growth in support for the Nazi Party, including the appeal of Hitler and the Nazis, the effects of propaganda and the work of the SA. Political developments in 1932. The roles of Hindenburg, Brüning, von Papen and von Schleicher. The part played by Hindenburg and von Papen in Hitler becoming Chancellor in 1933.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Nazi Germany   
Students will consider: The creation of a dictatorship, 1933– 34 The Reichstag Fire The Enabling Act and the banning of other parties and trade unions. Night of the Long Knives. The police state and the role of the Gestapo, the SS, the SD and concentration camps. Goebbels and the Ministry of Propaganda: censorship, Nazi use of media, rallies and sport, including the Berlin Olympics of 1936. Opposition, resistance and conformity. Nazi policies towards women and their role in the family. Nazi aims and policies towards the young. The Hitler Youth and the League of German Maidens. Nazi control of the young through education, including the curriculum and teachers. Employment and living standards Changes in the standard of living, especially of German workers. The Labour Front, Strength Through Joy, Beauty of Labour. Nazi racial beliefs and policies and the treatment of minorities: Slavs, ‘gypsies’, homosexuals and those with disabilities. The persecution of the Jews.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3The origins of the Cold War 1941-1958 and The Cold War crises, 1958-1970   
Students will consider: The Grand Alliance. The outcomes of the Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam conferences. The ideological differences between the superpowers and the attitudes of Stalin, Truman and Churchill. The impact on US-Soviet relations of the development of the atomic bomb, the Long and Novikov telegrams and the creation of Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe. The impact on US-Soviet relations of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, 1947. The significance of Cominform (1947), Comecon (1949) and the formation of NATO (1949). Berlin: its division into zones. The Berlin Crisis (blockade and airlift) and its impact. The significance of the arms race and the formation of the Warsaw Pact The refugee problem in Berlin, Khrushchev’s Berlin ultimatum (1958), and the summit meetings of 1959–61. Soviet relations with Cuba, the Cuban Revolution and the refusal of the USA to recognise Castro’s government. The significance of the Bay of Pigs incident. Opposition in Czechoslovakia to S
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4The Cold War Crisis and the End of the Cold War 1958-91   
Students will consider: The construction of the Berlin Wall, 1961. The events of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Brezhnev Doctrine and the reestablishment of Soviet control in Czechoslovakia. Impact of the construction of the Berlin Wall on US-Soviet relations. Kennedy’s visit to Berlin in 1963. The consequences of the Cuban Missile Crisis: the ‘hotline’, the Limited Test Ban Treaty 1963; the Outer Space Treaty 1967; and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 1968. International reaction to Soviet measures in Czechoslovakia Détente in the 1970s, SALT 1, Helsinki, and SALT 2. The significance of Reagan and Gorbachev’s changing attitudes. Gorbachev’s ‘new thinking’ and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty 1987. The significance of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Carter Doctrine and the Olympic boycotts. Reagan and the ‘Second Cold War’, the Strategic Defence Initiative. The impact of Gorbachev’s ‘new thinking’ on Eastern Europe: the loosening Soviet grip on Eastern Europe.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5GCSE Examination Revision
Students will revise all of the topics studied for GCSE through various methods and mediums. They will commit key facts to memory and practise sample questions in order to hone their examination techniques.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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