Road to War: Weimer Germany, Appeasement and Hitler, 1918-1939

Key facts

  • Cost: £150
  • Credits: 10


‘Never again’ is the oft repeated warning concerning the Second World War. Part of preventing such a recurrence is a better understanding of its origins and causes. From defeat at the end of World War One, how did the new Weimer republic replace the German empire but then itself fragment and foster the rise of Hitler? How did Hitler transform Germany into a one-party dictatorship with renewed military ambitions? And how did Neville Chamberlain arrive at appeasement as a containment strategy and why did it fail so spectacularly?  

Join this course to find answers to these important questions in a comprehensive account of the unfolding crisis of the inter-war years. A history revealing worrisome parallels with our own unstable times. 

Over a series of talks, our expert tutor will explain: 

  • the key figures and events shaping Germany 1918-1939 and the UK’s policy of Appeasement from 1933-1939 
  • the key political, religious, and military developments that shaped these events 
  • the key archives, sources, and first-hand accounts available 
  • the main historical debates concerning these times 

You will also have the chance to discuss and reflect on what you learn with other students and the tutor in seminars 

Choose this course if you want to learn: 

  • more about the key figures and specific events leading up to the Second World War including Hitler and Chamberlain. 
  • Germany and the UK’s social, political, military, economic and territorial development during this time 

Who is this course for?

Anyone new to studying history and interested in: 

  • the history of the UK and Germany, their people, and their role in the world 
  • Modern European history 


10 credits at SCQF 7 / Level 1 

Can contribute towards the attainment of Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education specialising in History 


  • One 1,500 word essay (75% of final grade) 
  • 1 x 500 word primary source analysis presented in writing, a presentation or a poster – choose one (25% of final grade) 

Mode of study

This 10-week course will be delivered online via 2-hour seminars led by a tutor over Zoom. 

Course materials will be provided via our online learning platform Moodle 


  • Can begin your study of history at university level  
  • contribute towards a Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education specialising in History 
  • can inform your research of family history and local heritage

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days