Interpretations

Why might they have different interpretations? (4 marks)

Example:

Why might the authors of Interpretations A and B (see page one) have a different interpretation about why the Nazis were able to replace the Weimar Republic? Explain your answer using Interpretations A and B and your contextual knowledge.

Tips:

The second four-mark question is asking you to consider the origin and purpose of the two interpretations so you can try to explain why they put forward the different views that you have described in the first question.

You need to think about how the authors’ backgrounds would have affected the way that they viewed the particular historical situation they are describing. See if you can connect their backgrounds to the things that they are saying in the extract you are given.

Which is more convincing? (8 marks)

Example:

Which interpretation (see page one) do you find more convincing about why the Nazis were able to replace the Weimar Republic? Explain your answer using Interpretations A and B and your contextual knowledge.

Tips:

The final eight-mark question about the two interpretations asks you to compare them again, but this time you are deciding which of the two is more convincing.

You need to discuss both of the interpretations; using your contextual knowledge to explain why you think it is convincing and explaining why one is more convincing than the other. You should also come to an overall judgement about which of the two is more convincing, with clear and detailed contextual knowledge to support it.

Make sure that you use plenty of your own knowledge in this question. You should consider the accuracy of the content within the interpretations and the balance of the views that are expressed.