You will be studying a wide range of
material, looking at different countries and time periods. This will help you gain a wide-ranging knowledge of history with English, American and European aspects to the course. You will study a very varied time period from Tudor England to events during World War 2. The course will also offer the opportunity to study the American Civil War along with its causes and consequences.
This is a fascinating part of American
history and with huge significance, most notably with the ending of slavery.
Tudor England 1485–1603
You will study the whole of the Tudor
dynasty from Henry VII through to Elizabeth. This is a key period in England’s development with religious upheaval, unrest and rebellion and the establishment of England as a significant power. The course will also look at fascinating individuals such as Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I along with all the scandal and intrigue at court. The unit is assessed by examination.
The American Civil War:
A Nation Divided 1845–1877 This unit looks
at the causes, event and consequences of one of the most significant conflicts of the modern world. More American soldiers died in the Civil War than in all other conflicts America has been involved in added together. The United States divided over issues such as slavery, taxes and States’ rights and fought a 4 year war that changed America forever. The unit includes looking at the ending of slavery, the presidency of Lincoln, the failure of compromise and the attempts to heal the divisions once the war ended. The unit is assessed by examination.
Coursework: Causes of and
Responsibility for the Holocaust
This coursework unit will involve
investigating the causes of one of, if not the most infamous events in human history. Through the study of documents from the time and the views of historians you will carry out a detailed investigation into the key themes. You will study the arguments about when the Nazis took the decision to carry out the ‘Final Solution’ and also the controversy over who should be held responsible. Should the blame lie solely with Hitler, the SS, or the German people as a whole?
You will be studying a wide range of
material, looking at different countries and time periods. This will help you gain a wide ranging knowledge of history with English and European aspects to the course. You will be studying Tsarist and Communist Russia looking at the collapse of the Tsarist regime, the creation of Communist Russia including the terror of Stalin’s regime, the impact of World War II on Russia and
De-Stalinisiation. In unit 2 you will look at
the making of modern Britain going from Churchill’s post-World War II government through to the government of Blair and the Iraq war looking a political, economic and social change.
In the coursework you will examine rebellions against the Tudor Monarch’s, their causes and how dangerous they were to Tudor rule.
Tsarist and Communist Russia
This is a breadth study in which you will
look at the themes of political authority, opposition, development of the economy, social and cultural change, the importance of ideas and ideologies such as communism and the importance of key individuals and groups. Russia goes through enormous
change in this period moving from an economically backwards nation that had been defeated in the Crimean War to an industrial superpower, from a traditional autocratic country to the world’s first Communist Country. There is also some continuity with Stalin often referred to as the Red Tsar and the Russia people being subject to brutal regimes.
Making Modern Britain
In this unit you are essentially studying
the development of Britain from the aftermath of World War II up until the modern day. In this time period Britain’s position in the world changes dramatically as the age of Empire ends, Britain goes through economic upheaval, goes through enormous social change, sees several shifts in political ideology and emerges as the world you know. This unit will give you a deep understanding of the modern world and Britain’s place in it.
In your coursework you will examine
rebellions against Tudor monarchs across a period of over 100 years. Starting with Henry VII’s struggles against Yorkist Pretenders; through the Pilgrimage of Grace against Henry VIII religious changes; onto the crisis year of 1549 when young Edward VII faced two rebellions; onto an attempt to prevent Mary I marrying Philip II of Spain and finally on to Catholic Plots and attempts to overthrow Elizabeth I. You will look at the causes and consequences of these rebellions.