Nazi Economic Policies lesson plan PowerPoint

Nazi Economic Policies

The “Nazi Economic Policies” modern history lesson is a comprehensive examination of the economic policies implemented during the Nazi regime in Germany. This lesson plan provides an overview of the key initiatives the Nazi government took to address Germany’s significant financial challenges in the 1930s.

One of the key policies highlighted in this lesson plan is the National Labour Service, which was introduced in 1935 to address high unemployment levels in Germany. The National Labour Service was a massive public works program that aimed to put young, unemployed men to work on large infrastructure projects. This policy was seen as a significant success by the Nazi regime, as it reduced unemployment and helped increase national pride and solidarity.

Another central policy discussed in this lesson plan is Rearmament, a vital component of the Nazi government’s efforts to rebuild the German military and prepare for war. This policy was implemented in the mid-1930s and involved significant investment in the German arms industry, which helped to create jobs and boost the economy.

The Four Year Plan is another critical policy covered in this lesson plan. This plan was introduced in 1936 and aimed to transform Germany into a self-sufficient economic powerhouse that could compete with the world’s leading industrial nations. The Four Year Plan focused on increasing the production of critical raw materials, improving the efficiency of German industry, and expanding the country’s agricultural sector.

Strength through Joy and the Public Works Scheme is also discussed in this lesson plan. Strength through Joy was a government-sponsored leisure organisation that aimed to improve the quality of life for ordinary Germans. At the same time, the Public Works Scheme was a large-scale infrastructure project aimed at creating jobs and boosting the economy.

The successes and weaknesses of these policies are discussed in detail in this lesson plan, and student activities include a short film, a mini-research task, critical thinking exercises, and note-taking. These activities are designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the economic policies of the Nazi regime and the impact that these policies had on the German economy and society.

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Description:Student activities include a short film, mini-research task, thinking critically and note-taking.
Estimated lessons:1-2
Ages14-18 years
Format PowerPoint

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