Category Archives: historians

In our time – What is the relevance of history ?

If you click here then you will get to an old edition of In Our Time. In it Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the study of history. The programme guide information follows. “One of the debates raging in the practice of history … Continue reading

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Obituary – Churchill’s biographer – Martin Gilbert

You may have noted that the 24th January marked the 50th anniversary of the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. As this Radio 4 programme by  Sir David Cannadine and this BBC news magazine article reflect, Churchill was a complex and often controversial man. … Continue reading

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Book Review – Joan of Arc: A History, by Helen Castor

If you click here then you will be taken to the Times Higher Education review of the wonderful Helen Castor’s  Joan of Arc. In it, Rachel Moss praises “an elegant account that sets a charismatic Maid of Orleans in political context“. She … Continue reading

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History Society – The fall of the Berlin Wall – turning points in history

You may have seen in the news that this month saw the twenty fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. If you click here you will get a detailed account of the events of that day from the Daily Telegraph. … Continue reading

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Extension work – a News Week article discusing the historical debate around the origins of the First World War.

Please click here for an excellent article from the This Week website. It outlines the historical debate well, and then considers which country should take most of the blame. “The question of which country or countries caused the war is … Continue reading

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37 days: Countdown to the First World War

Upper Sixth, As I showed you in the lesson, please click here for the excellent BBC timeline of the countdown to war. This chronology will really help you as you practice / get confident with with the gobbets and typicality. … Continue reading

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Making history

All, The Making History website, developed by the Institute of Historical Research, is dedicated to the history of the study and practice of history in Britain over the last hundred years and more, following the emergence of the professional discipline in … Continue reading

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Can wars can be started by history textbooks ?

If you click here you will  find Gideon Rachman’s article from the Financial Times. In it he argues that “the imposition of an authorised version of events turns education into brainwashing“, and continues “politicians, like academics or ordinary citizens, will naturally have … Continue reading

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Presenting the Past – How the Media Changes History

Or, as those of us at the History Society on Tuesday reflected when we discussed teh Battle of the Somme – the Blackadder effect. This BBC Radio 4 programme discusses the relationship between the past and the media. The programme discription states … Continue reading

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Obituary – Penry Williams

Sincere apologies all, but the pressures of examinations and the end of term meant that I missed the passing of the great Penry Williams in May. Many of you will have come across his text  The Later Tudors as further reading … Continue reading

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