British Political History and European History is a study of the colourful characters
of the 19th and 20th centuries. You will be taught using a wide variety of resources,
from film, the internet, support pages and course reading. The study of the past is crucial
for understanding the present, and therefore develops in students a greater awareness of
the world in which they live.
The course is also important for the skills that it develops, such as the ability to communicate
a powerful and effective argument. The ability to analyse and evaluate sources of information
and then use that information to form judgements about the past.
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Britain 1930-1997 - A study of British Prime Ministers and governments starting at Winston Churchill, running through key events in 20th century British History and ending with the Labour victory in 1997 under Tony Blair. The is split between a depth study on Churchill, analysing him actions and opinions both in and out of power, and post-war British political History, covering events such as the formation of the EEC, the rise and fall of Trade Unions and Britain’s place in the Cold War. (1.5 hour exam)
Italian Unification 1789-1896 - Unification of Italy in 1870, evaluation and
consideration of factors to establish how this suprise event occurred. (1.5hr exam)
Personal Investigations - Personal investigation into an aspect of Nazi Germany. (One 4000 word essay)
Russian Government & Society - comparisons between different Governments of the
Tsars and the Bolsheviks and 9 months doomed democracy sandwiched in between. A
synoptic paper involving comparisons of similarity and difference and change over
time (2.5hr exam)