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Essay Writing Template
History Essay (From QUT Library)
In this type of essay, you are required to take a position on a topic, and present arguments which support your position.
- Background information on topic
- Statement of your position on the topic (hypothesis or thesis)
- Overview of arguments to be presented (structure)
- Body paragraphs
- paragraph 1
- Topic sentence outlining first argument
- Sentences giving explanations and providing evidence to support topic sentence
- Concluding sentence – link to next paragraph
- paragraph 2
- Topic sentence outlining second argument
- Sentences giving explanations and providing evidence to back topic sentence
- Concluding sentence – link to next paragraph
- Following body paragraphs
- These follow the same structure for as many arguments as you wish to put forward in support of the topic.
- Summary of the main points of the body
- Restatement of the hypothesis
PEEAL Method for Writing Your Essay
Oliver Library Catalogue
Look here for books, eBooks, DVDs and websites.
Useful Ebooks from the Catalogue
We now have many ebooks on Nazi Germany. Specific ones include: The Treaty of Versailles, Auschwitz, The Dresden Bombing, Hitler Youth, Berlin Olympics, Josef Mengele, Operation Barbarossa and more.
To find them, go to the Oliver catalogue in the box on the left and type in your preferred search term. any ebooks will have the green 'ebook' icon attached to them.
The Treaty of Versailles
The five separate treaties produced by the Peace Conference, and particularly the most famous one, the Treaty of Versailles with Germany, have been widely criticized over the years, primarily because they led to the rise of Nazi Germany and the Second World War a generation later. Nonetheless, faced with the overwhelming task of bringing order to a world shattered by four years of bitter fighting, the Paris delegates were convinced that they had fashioned a just and lasting peace. In The Treaty of Versailles, read how world leaders struggled to deal with the aftermath of the War to End All Wars.
A Brief History of the Third Reich
Tells not just the account of the men who rose to the fore in the dangerous days of the Weimar republic, circling around the cult of personality generated by Adolf Hitler, but also an overview of how ordinary Germans became seduced by the dreams of a new world order, the Third Reich. The book also gives an insight into the everyday life in Germany during the Second World War and explores key questions such as how much did the Germans know about the Holocaust and why did the regime eventually fail so disastrously?
The SS grew out of Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler's obsession to prevent the treachery they believed to have caused the German defeat in the First World War. The SS was to be an elite corps of politically aware soldiers whose primary aim was to prevent the undermining of the Nazi Party by rendering its potential enemies harmless. This disturbing story reveals not only the inner workings of the SS, but its paramount role in the mass murder of Europe's Jews, homosexuals and gypsies, its organisation of the death squads and the military campaigns undertaken by the Waffen SS.
An examination of the Holocaust from its inception to the liberation of the concentration camps and the war crimes trials at Nuremberg and elsewhere.
The books in this series also explore the wider history of the particular era of event with which each site is linked, be it World War II, the Cold War, the Holocaust, or the War on Terror. Auschwitz examines the history of the infamous Nazi death camp-how it came to be built and how it was used. The book places the story of Auschwitz in the wider context of the Holocaust, explaining the origins of Nazi policies towards the Jews and describing the ghettos, the mass shootings, and the network of death camps in occupied Poland. In conclusion, it shows how Auschwitz is remembered today. Book jacket.
Auschwitz: The Nazi Solution
The camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau were an important part of the Nazis' final solution to the Jewish question. Over one million people were murdered in its gas chambers and tens of thousands of prisoners were worked to death in the nearby sub-camps. This is the story of the development of Auschwitz into a concentration camp, and a thorough account of the building of Birkenau and the gas chambers, which grew into industrial killing machines. Rawson relates what life was like for prisoners, how prisoners struggled to survive on a poor diet and no health care; how they faced a grinding daily routine with frequent punishments; and how the camps were organized.
Hitler Youth, 1922-1945
During the Nazi regime's swift rise to power, no single target of nazification took higher priority than Germany's young people. Well aware that the Nazi party could thrive only through the support of future generations, Hitler instituted a youth movement, the Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth), which indoctrinated the easily malleable students of Germany's schools and universities. Along with its female counterpart, the Bund deutscher Madel (League of German Girls), the Hitler Youth produced many thousands of young Germans who were deeply and fanatically imbued with the Nazi racist ideology.
The time of the Third Reich is one of the ugliest periods in human history. To execute Adolph Hitler's plan to destroy all Jewish people in Europe, Nazi propagandists demonized and dehumanized the Jews, leaving people desensitized to the discrimination and destruction heaped on them. This book details the way the Nazis turned a nation against a people, provides sidebars on people caught up in both sides of the great conflict, and outlines the ramifications of the persecution of the Jews.