Well, if you don't think it has place in a Modern History essay, then where does it fit. It is a historical argument, evidently, and that is why the nature of the HSC question was as it was. I agree with you both (c_james and fleepbasding) and all though I am tempted to attack the entire usage and generalisation of the term and its application to The Third Reich, I would never do so in a 40 minute essay. Haven't, to some extent, these arguments been made allready by notable historians, especially regarding Nazi Germany? From what I can gather, it seems that fleep is further undermining the nature and validity of the term 'totalitarian' itself, but not suggesting that this is cause to argue against Germany being so. No?
Either way, c_james essay seems frighteningly similar to mine down to the last word! Hah. Well, let's just suffice to say that we can take comfort in engaging in such ideas at a level far beyond the realm or capacity of many modern history students, and that (aswell as our brilliant minds hehe) it is the study of Modern History and (Modern) Historiography that has allowed us to do so. And now I refrain from acting as a running commentary on this heated and fascinating debate. Hehe. Back to the Gabba.