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.
Today is the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. If you click on the link below then you can find out more from the Get History website.
The Battle of Hastings
Some electronic versions of the materials that you will need over half term for your coursework. If you click here you will get to the OCR student guide. If you click here you will get to the power point I was using in class. I hope that they are helpful.
Many of you will know of my passion for historical maps. If you click here you will to an article from Fred Maynard in the 1843 magazine advertising a new exhibition at the Map House of London. This focuses on political maps from the First and Second World War. As Maynard puts it, “with their skillful mix of symbolism and information, maps were effective propaganda tools.”
I am going over half term, but for you Early Modern specialists there is much to see. Check out this beauty…
Today marks the the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. If you click here you can read an excellent piece by Kirsty Major in The Independent. She argues that this has lessons for today.
“Eighty years ago today London’s East End stood up to fascists, taking on the British black shirts led by Oswald Mosley. The dramatic day of riots in defence of the community’s Irish and Jewish population would eventually become mythologised as the Battle of Cable Street. Since then, the area has become one of symbolic importance to both left and right. In 2013 I walked the same streets, now home to London’s largest Muslim community, protesting against the far right English Defence League.”
Below two videos reflect on that day.
Great to all of you at History Society today. We will finish off Ivan the Terrible next week. Perhaps Empress Anna Ioannovna was not so brutal, but this article suggests that she was certainly more of a party girl; as well as another true autocratic ruler.
“On March 8, a coup d’état headed by Anna’s most trusted retainers rounded up members of the Supreme Privy Council. Anna shredded the contracts before their eyes, and sentenced them all to death or exile. With the power of the Russian throne consolidated, Anna was officially crowned Empress of Russia on April 28, 1730. Empress Anna was protective of her newfound position to the point of paranoia. This led to the dreaded revival of the Secret Search Chancellery. A secret police force beholden only to Anna herself, they bore full authority to kill or torture any political opponents to the throne.”
How does all this relate to our A Level course ? Well, think about our timeline today. Perhaps repression was the only way to effectively rule this “prison of peoples”.