Year 9 Passionate Historians

Scholarship and Fiction

The Kaisers Germany
  • Frank Dikkoter, How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century – 2019
  • Richard Overy, The Dictators – 2004
  • Daniel Kalder, Dictator Literature: A History of Bad Books by Terrible People – 2019
  • Christopher Clark, Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Life in Power
The First World War
  • Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (FICTION)
  • Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong – 1983 (FICTION)
  • Christopher Clark, Sleepwalkers: How Europe went to war – 2014
  • William Mulligan, The Origins of the First World War – 2010
Weimar Germany and the Inter War Years
  • Eric D. Weitz, Weimar Germany Promise and Tragedy, Weimar Centennial Edition
  • Paul Bookbinder, Weimar Germany: The Republic of the Reasonable
Anti-Semitism and The Holocaust
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Markus Zusak, The Book Thief – 2005 (FICTION)
  • Judy Batalion, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos – 2021
  • Art Spiegelman, The Complete Maus – 2013
  • Dorit Oliver-Wolfe, From Yellow Star to Pop Star: How one young girl survived the Holocaust
  • Sinclair McKay, The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There – 2011
  • Peter Sikora , The Polish 'Few': Polish Airmen in the Battle of Britain – 2018
  • Dr Gareth Moore, The Alan Turing Codebreakers Puzzle Book – 2018
  • Gillian Mawson, Britain’s Wartime Evacuees – 2021

TV & Film

  • 1917 – film about WWI.
  • The Dictator’s Playbook – TV mini series about dictatorships.
  • The Zoo Keeper’s Wife – film about Nazi occupied Poland.
  • The Imitation Game – film about code-breaker Alan Turing.
  • A Call to Spy – film about resistance and espionage during WWII about segregation and discrimination.


The Dan Snow Edition!

  1. The Boy who Survived Auschwitz
  2. The Child Soldiers of WW1
  3. The 1914 Christmas Truce