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History: Strong or Weak Dictator? Hitler and the Nazi Political System With Dr Jan Vermeiren From University of East Anglia

March 4 @ 10:30 - 11:15

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In this History session, Dr Jan Vermeiren, Associate Professor in Modern German History in the School of History at UEA, will run an interactive talk for students on Strong or Weak Dictator? Hitler and the Nazi Political System.

Adolf Hitler has often been characterised as a ‘master in the Third Reich’. Former British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, after visiting the Fuehrer in 1936, remarked that ‘the old trust him, the young idolise him. … Hitler reigns over the heart and mind of Germany.’ To contemporaries at home and abroad, as well as many historians since the end of the Nazi regime, Hitler appeared as the undisputed leader of the German nation, shaping politics and society. Many argue that without him, there would have been no rise of the Nazis, no Third Reich, no Second World War, and no Holocaust.

This lecture investigates these notions and discusses the arguments of those who have portrayed Hitler as a ‘weak dictator’ instead.


The session will develop thinking, skills and approaches to support students in their History studies and future aspirations.


Lecturer Profile: Dr Jan Vermeiren


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, History and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



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March 4
10:30 - 11:15
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