This Germany 1918 – 1945 conference will provide students with a valuable, inspiring, informative and motivational day. Students will hear from leading, distinguished historians Professor Richard Evans and Dr Roger Griffin and be given the very latest examiner advice, guidance and examples from senior examiner Dr Keith Milne. The conference will prepare students for the upcoming examinations in summer 2022, and will advise on the best practice to address the disruptions caused by the events of 2020/21.

The conference is designed for students of all examination boards.


  • Experience a unique opportunity to hear leading historians who are experts in their field
  • Reinforce and enhance understanding of key issues 1918 – 1945.
  • Gain top level guidance and advice from a senior examiner on how to maximise achievement
  • Analyse examples of grade A/A* work and enhance your learning of key issues
  • Opportunity to ask questions directly to the historians and examiners
  • Receive a full set of conference notes to take away


CONFERENCE DATE London | Wednesday 3rd March 2022
  • All A Level History students
  • Heads of History
  • Interested Humanities teachers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book sections of this conference as an in-school conference
  • A Revision set of notes for all students


10:25 – 10:35am: Welcome and Introductions Dr Keith Milne


10.35 – 11.15 am: The Constitutional Failure? Weimar, 1919-1933

Professor Richard Evans

  • How far was the Constitution the most significant difficulty facing the Weimar Republic?
  • How far did the period 1919 to 1933 represent more political continuity than change?
  • Was the failure of the political system and constitution the main reason for the rise of the Nazi party?


11.15 – 11:45pm: Evaluation of Weimar sources

Dr Keith Milne

  • Analysis of a sample source – what students can do to clearly drive the top marks?
  • Exactly what examiners wish to see in the assessment of value?
  • Moving the description of provenance to evaluation as demanded in the very best answers


11.45 – 12:05pm: Break

submit your questions on 20th Century German History to the panel


12:05 – 12:45pm: Society and culture 1919-1933

Professor Richard Evans

  • To what extent was there ever a Golden Age?
  • How far does extremism typify German society across the period?
  • How far were minority groups affected by the rise of extremism?


12:45 – 13.25pm: Lunch


13:25 – 13.40pm: Ask the Experts

The experts answer the questions submitted by the students


13.40 – 14:20 pm: The key to outstanding essays on society and culture

Dr Keith Milne

  • Exactly what should be done to achieve the higher levels and to extend student performance when discussing society and culture.
  • The ideal essay structure and how it drives an excellent, consistent judgement
  • Practical direction on how to integrate knowledge into an argument.
  • Establishing the answer – outstanding introductions and their importance at the higher levels


14:20 – 14.45pm: Establishing the dictatorship 1931 to 1934

Professor Richard Evans

  • How far was Hitler’s consolidation of power accomplished by legal means?
  • To what extent was the rise to dictator merely a consequence of opportunism?
  • To what extent did Hitler have absolute power by 1934?


14.45 – 15:15pm: Rule by Consensus? Germany 1934-1939

Professor Richard Evans

  • The extent to which the Terror State was a reflection of popular will
  • To what extent was there more to gain in Germany from Nazi Rule than there was to lose?
  • How far was the broader German population complicit in the Racial State?


15.15 – 15:30 pm: Final advice from the examiner

Dr Keith Milne

  • How to avoid key misconceptions and common pitfalls
  • Using the question to focus a response.

Professor Richard Evans

Professor Richard Evans: Regius Professor of History and President of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. He has published a large-scale history of the Third Reich in three volumes. He has won the Wolfson Literary Award for History, the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, and the Hamburg Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft and is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Historical Society.

Dr Keith Milne

Keith Milne has over 25 years of teaching experience in a wide range of maintained and independent schools and he is currently Head of History in a large and very successful department of eleven full-time teachers. In addition to lecturing part time at university, Keith has written and also advised on a number of textbooks for A Level students. Keith is a highly experienced Principal Examiner and Principal Moderator for a major examination body.

Professor Roger Griffin

Professor Roger Griffin is Emeritus Professor in Modern History at Oxford Brookes University.

He is widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s foremost experts on the socio-historical and ideological dynamics of fascism, as well as the relationship to modernity of violence stemming from various forms of political or religious fanaticism, and in particular contemporary terrorism. In particular, his theory of fascism as a revolutionary form of ultranationalism driven by ‘palingenetic’ myth has had a major impact on comparative fascist studies since the mid-1990s. In May 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Leuven in May 2011 in recognition of his services to the comparative study of fascism.

He has made a number of contributions both within and outside academia to a humanistic understanding of terrorist radicalization and the identification of an original strategy to bring about deradicalization. His theory of ‘heroic doubling’ is now the basis of a major research project based on multi-agency collaboration which aims to provide a scientific aid to understanding and intervening in the process of radicalization leading to terrorism. Meanwhile his theories of fascism and of fascism’s relationship to religion, ultranationalism, totalitarianism, aesthetics and modernism continue to be widely used, particularly in Eastern Europe and have attracted interest as far away as South Korea, China and Japan.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT