Adolf Hitler: A Life Explored

The leader (Führer) of Germany's Nazi party was one of the most powerful and notorious dictators of the 20th century. We explore the life, impact and legacy of Adolf Hitler (1889-1945).


  • Face-to-Face


  • Dikötter, Frank. How to be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century (Bloomsbury, 2019)
  • Haffner, Sebastian. The Meaning of Hitler (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997)
  • German edition: Anmerkungen zu Hitler (Kindler, 1978)
  • Kershaw, Ian. Hitler (Penguin, 2010)
  • Weinberg, Gerhard L. Hitler’s Second Book: A Document of the Year 1928 (Enigma, 2003)


  • Introduction: What is a Dictator?
  • Hitler’s Early Life: His Family in Vienna, Austria & Hitler’s Munich time as an Artist, As a German Soldier in the First World War
  • Hitler’s Rise to Power: Member of the 'German Workers Party' (DAP), Hitler's Munich 'Bear Hall Putsch', prison time in 1924 at Landsberg castle, dictating Mein Kampf (My struggle) to Rudolf Hess
  • Hitler as Chancellor & Dictator (1933-1939): The Reichstag Fire, 'Night of the Long Knives', Annexation ('Anschluss') of Austria, The Munich Pact, 'Kristallnacht' (Night of Crystal)
  • Hitler & World War II (September 1939-May 1945): Hitler's Life, Death & Legacy


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of the complex history of Germany under the Hitler Dictatorship;
  2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past.

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