Fellow heathen historians.
Welcome to the new heathen history site. This news feed will host all the general A Level history news, and materials. We hope that this will build up to be a collection of enriching materials that will reflect the broad and diasporait nature of the discpline. Below is a good example of this.
In November 2012 BBC Radio 3 ran a series of fifteen minute lectures from young academics in the humanities and the arts. Here Jonathan Healey gives a talk questioning the value of learning lessons from history. He argues ”that lessons drawn from the past and applied to our own world are meaningless, despite what we are told by best-selling historians and television documentaries. It is precisely because the past is so foreign that we are able to understand what is so unique about today.” Have a listen and see what you think.
Please find here the department’s 5Rs document (Research, Reflect, Review, Read around, and Respond to feedback). It sets out what A Levels students should expect from us, and what we expect from you. The diagrams below shows the skills that we want you to develop and some of the reasons why historians disagree…
The essay planning sheet master can be found here
The LVS netvibes page can be found here
A* students share their revision secrets here
Writing advice from the University of Reading can be found here
If you click here you will get to Allan Lichtman’s prediction that President Trump will be impeached because “Mueller is going to come up with findings that are going to shock the country, not only involve conspiracy with Russia but could involve serious financial crimes.”
Have a look and see what you think.
As we move to the Mid Tudor source work, can I strongly recommend that you watch this excellent series on Lady Jane Grey from the wonderful Helen Castor – one of my favourite historians. It is particularly helpful for the stability of the monarchy and rebellions units. It is “an epic tale of dynastic rivalry, intrigue and betrayal” for the first reigning queen of England.
As you may long have suspected – perhaps everything that I have taught you is incorrect. See what you think about the latest revision of the causes of the Black Death.
The BBC link
The National Geographic link
This human lice argument would certainly seem to address that old question of how the Bubonic Plague reached parts of the British Isles (such as the Scottish islands) where we know it was too cold for the black rats.
See what you think.
A nice bit of enrichment for those of you studying the Russia course. The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg travelled across Russia to find out what Russians today think about the October Revolution.
See what you think.
If you click you here you will get to the front page for Tate Modern’s Red Star over Russia exhibition. It opens tomorrow and is explained as follows…
“Rebellion brought hope, chaos, heroism and tragedy as the Russian Empire became the Soviet Union, endured revolutions, civil war, famine, dictatorship and Nazi invasion. A new visual culture arose and transformed the fabric of everyday life.
The core of this exhibition comes from the extraordinary collection of photographer and graphic designer David King (1943–2016). He started his collection of over 250,000 items relating to this period while working for The Sunday Times Magazine in the 1970s. The collection was acquired by Tate in 2016.
This show is an opportunity to see the rare propaganda posters, prints and photographs collected by King – some bearing traces of state censorship. Including work by El Lissitzky, Gustav Klutsis, Dmitri Moor, Aleksandr Deineka, Nina Vatolina and Yevgeny Khaldei, it is a thrilling journey through a momentous period in world history.”
It would make an excellent afternoon out during the Christmas holidays. The Independent’s review can be found by following the link.
A couple of nice enrichment articles from the BBC to mark the centenary of the October Revolution.
- If you click here you get a small video asking the question – is the Russian Revolution something celebrate or regret?
- If you click here you will get to ten propaganda posters from 1917.
If you click here you will get to the Evening Standard’s summary of the recent release of the 2,800 new Kennedy documents. If you click here you will get the BBC’s analysis. Of course, they do not settle the conspiracy debate either way (see the two videos below) – but perhaps they are most useful to us as they reflect paranoia and fear of the post-Cuban Missile Crisis Cold War. Both sides seemed to fear that the assassination was a precursor to a nuclear attack from the other side.
Have a read / watch and see what you think.
The first of the four part series aired tonight. You can watch them here. Please do – it is excellent enrichment for our course. The trailer below gives you a taste.
The full program can be found below.
If you want more from the BBC’s Tudor season David Starkey’s contribution be found below.
One for History Society.
If you click here you will get to The Independent’s account of the jailing of Ursula Haverbeck for Holocaust denial. This is a criminal offence in Germany, carrying a sentence of up to five years in jail.
“Ursula Haverbeck, who has been branded the “Nazi grandma” by German press, was sentenced by a Berlin court on Monday for denying the holocast at an event in Berlin back in January 2016.
She claimed the Holocaust did not take place and there were no gas chambers at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. Auschwitz is the largest mass murder site in human history and an estimated 1.1 million people died there.
Ms Haverbeck, who once declared the Holocaust was “the biggest and most sustainable lie in history” in a TV interview, has never spent time in prison before despite having several previous convictions for holocaust denial.”
It does of course raise the classic debating question of free speech Vs the well being of the state. Whilst we historians think of this in terms of the collapse of Weimar Germany, the rise of the far right AfD in Germany’s recent elections perhaps make this a more modern political issue.
Have a read and see what you think.