If you click here you will get to some local(ish) archaeology news of national importance. The so-called Watlington Hoard has re-written what we know about the Anglo-Saxons…
“This is an extraordinary find, one which re-writes Anglo-Saxon history,” Xa Sturgis, director of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, which now houses the coins, told Sky News. “The keeper of the coin room here came running up the stairs to tell me. The more they were excavated the more it became obvious how significant they are. These coins point to some sort of an alliance in the 870s between Alfred and Ceolwulf.” While Alfred is often described as the king who founded England, uniting Mercia and Wessex, very little is known of his rival Ceolwulf.
“These coins prove that there was a very real alliance between the two men at that time,” added Julian Baker, coin curator at the Ashmolean. “That alliance hasn’t survived in the historical record until now. Alfred manipulated history to put himself in a better light. To date, history has overemphasised Alfred’s record and almost completely neglected Ceolwulf.”
As such, this article is a good example of how far from being a static subject, historical ideas are always fluid and changing.
See what you think.
If you click here you will get to the BBC obituary for Brunhilde Pomsel. She was Goebbels’ personal secretary, and one of the last direct links to the Nazi regime.
You may know of her from the excellent German life documentary (trailer above). This raised the classic AJP Taylor question – how far should responsibility for Holocaust go ? For Pomsel at least, the only blame that she felt was for voting Nazi.
It is unquestionable that, as the Chinese curse goes, we are living in interesting times. If you click here you can listen to Adam Smith attempt to compare Donald Trump to previous US presidents. It is on this Monday – have a listen and we can discuss it in the next history society.
Stop press – click here for the comparison between Trump and Lincoln.
If you click here then you can find out more about the forthcoming American Dream exhibition. Just £13 to you young people. It opens in March, and looks very special. There is of course so much else to see that is very special (and free). You can explore what is on offer here.
The American Dream exhibition is described as follows….
“The past six decades have been among the most dynamic and turbulent in US history, from JFK’s assassination, Apollo 11 and Vietnam to the AIDS crisis, racism and gender politics. Responding to the changing times, American artists have produced prints unprecedented in their scale and ambition.
Starting with the explosion of pop art in the 1960s, the exhibition includes works by the most celebrated American artists. From Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg to Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and Julie Mehretu – all boldly experimented with printmaking. Experience this extraordinary history through their eyes”.
If you click here you will get to the BBC iplayer and Dan Snow’s Mary Rose Timewatch programme. It is excellent – particularly if you are thinking of archaeology as a degree course. You may also like to click here to visit the BBC’s online interactive guide.
Something to read for both years below.
Year Thirteen –
If you click here you will get to Shaun Walker’s article discussing how Russia is considering how to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
“1917 is problematic. On the one hand, the Soviet state that came from the revolution was the one that won the war and whose military and scientific achievements Putin thinks should be venerated. But on the other hand Putin has elevated “stability” to being one of the key tenets of his rule, and as such celebrating a revolution goes against the very grain of his political philosophy”.
Have a read and see what you think. We can discuss it in your history society on Tuesday.
Year Twelve –
If you click here then you will to John Gallagher’s review of John Guy’s work on our Unit 4 – the last years of Elizabeth. I have just finished it, and you can a real historian at work. As Gallagher states “Guy’s careful reading of newly unearthed materials allows him to challenge old ideas. This is where the real excitement is – when the historian steps in to interrogate the sources – and the reader might wish for more of this document-driven narrative in place of the more traditional biographical structure that guides much of the book“.
Click here for John Guy’s website.
Again – have a read and see what you think. We can discuss it in your history society on Friday.
Happy New Year all,
A very controversial one to start 2017. David Irving is the “historian” who has been to court and indeed to jail for views on the Second World War.
Below find a trailer for a BBC film about his unsuccessful libel case against the American historian Deborah Lipstadt – Denial. He was shown to have deliberately misrepresented historical evidence to promote Holocaust denial – and was thus discredited. The court ruled that Irving was an active Holocaust denier, anti-semite and racist who “for his own ideological reasons persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipulated historical evidence.”
Four questions we could consider;
- Is David Irving a historian ?
- Should free speech have any boundaries ?
- Should films like this be made ?
- Is there anything new about post-truth politics ?
Following on from Monday’s lesson.
For our next lesson,
- Re-read the sheets and powerpoint.
- watch the rest of Defeat to Victory (below)
- Write two to three paragraphs in full English to answer the following question.
“The Somme was a complete disaster for the British army”
How far do you agree ?
For next lesson.
- Read “The Romans build towns” – on the second page you will find a plan of Silchester. Study it.
2. Watch the following 5 minute video.
3. Explore the following links
4. Write a paragraph in full English to answer the following question
What does the Silchester site tell us about Roman Britain ?
- You should then highlight your connectives yellow and your adjectives green.
Enrichment (you do not have to do this)
If your family like a walk, you could visit Silchester any time – a route is shown below.
If you take a digital photograph and stick it in your book I will give you a commendation.
If you like art – you may like to design your own mosaic – use this link.
Again I will give you a commendation if you stick it in your book.
If you click here then you can take a quiz to see which candidate you agree with more. You may also like to watch the final debate below.