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HIST3740 Alliance Without Backbone: Germany, its Allies and Satellites Before and During World War Two

40 creditsClass Size: 16

Module manager: Dr G T Waddington

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module


- To develop knowledge of the immediate origins and course of the Second World War as viewed primarily from Berlin;
- to challenge traditional interpretations of the so-called 'Axis conspiracy' and
- to analyse the nature and extent of Hitler's foreign political ambitions.

Skills outcomes
Further enhances Common Skills listed below:

- High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
- Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
- Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
- Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
- Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.

- Skills in interpretation and analysis of complex documentary-based material.


- To examine the relations between Nazi Germany, its principal partners in the Anti-Comintern Pact, Japan and Italy, and those Central European Powers associated with the Tripartite Pact of September 1940;
- to examine the aims of German foreign and alliance policy on the eve of and during the Second World War.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours352.00
Total Contact hours48.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

- Exam preparation;
- researching, preparing, and writing assignments;
- undertaking set reading; and
- self-directed reading around the topic.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contributions to class discussions,
- two assessed exercises,
- an exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationFormat to be determined by tutory.10.00
Essay4,000 word essay to be submitted by 12 noon of exam week 2 in January40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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