Advice on revision
You will find electronic quizzes and notes below but I strongly recommend that you create your own physical flashcards using index cards and quiz yourself or get others to quiz you, using them. Pack them with information on a particular topic and write questions on the other side. (High Impact)
- Increase the challenge by mixing up your topic cards from other sections of the course. Make sure that you neglect none of the questions, and focus most of your effort on those that you know least well. (High Impact)
- Make 4 piles – 1. very difficult, 2. difficult, 3. OK 4. Easy. Spend your time revising from piles 1-4 in a ratio of 8:4:2:1 (i.e. You should be spending roughly 50% of your time on the very difficult pile; 30% on the difficult, 15% on the ‘OK’ and 5% on the easy pile. As you get better at the cards, change their positions so that you eventually end up with a pile that is easy. (Very High Impact)
There are some excellent ‘Quizlets’ on German history created by former students and legends like Jamie Johnson and Rachel Rees (and others whom I haven’t mentioned) which can be found here
Flip Quiz for Unification
Flip Quiz for Bismarck’s Domestic Policy
Flip Quiz for Bismarck’s Foreign Policy
A3 Revision guides
A3 Basic concepts
German unification 1815-1871 – Long Notes
German unification 1815-1871 – Short Notes
Bismarck 1871-1890 – Long Notes
Bismarck’s Domestic Policy – Short Notes
How Liberal was Germany? – PPT
A3 Bismarck’s Foreign Policy
Outline of Wilhelmine Germany – PPT
WWI – why did Germany lose? – Long Notes
Why was there not more opposition to the war?
Leadership and casualty rates during WWI – Long Notes
The Weimar Republic – Long Notes
Quick summary of the Weimar period – Short Notes
Useful for extending your analysis and arguments – helping to form judgments etc. particularly if you already know what you want to argue! Remember: you get much more credit for challenge than for agreement.
You can find a selection of views arranged by topic A selection of historians’ views arranged by topic
Please don’t expect too much from these – they are there to give you inspiration if you are stuck, they are not the only solution and probably not always the best solution but if they give you a start in your thinking then they will have helped.
How much of Bismarck’s success was based upon circumstances beyond his control?
Past Question Papers