I had a two minute one-on-one conversation with every one of my year 10s today to see how they were finding the jump between KS3 and GCSE History. "What are you finding the most difficult?" "Is there anything that frightens you?" "How do you want me to help?" Inevitably when you ask those questions, you … Continue reading Using graphs to ‘see’ time
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Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat
I was wondering about the origin of that little quote on our new £5 note and I found this transcript of the full speech. I thought I'd share an extract with you as I found it such an interesting read: In this crisis I think I may be pardoned if I do not address the … Continue reading Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat
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What role did Enlightenment ideas play in the cultural origins of the French Revolution?
Akin to Daniel Mornet’s underlying thesis that ‘it was, in part, ideas that determined the French Revolution’, this study will highlight the importance of Enlightenment in Revolution. There are undoubtedly greater political and economic causes, including resentment of an increasingly objectionable monarchy and the financial strains of substantial expenditure on wars including the American War … Continue reading What role did Enlightenment ideas play in the cultural origins of the French Revolution?
How has the historiography of the Enlightenment changed since the 1960s?
Discussions of the Enlightenment have been in place since as early as the eighteenth century. ‘Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity’, Immanuel Kant stated in his 1784 essay, ‘An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?’ In this, Kant cleverly defines the Enlightenment as an event or a process which brings humanity out … Continue reading How has the historiography of the Enlightenment changed since the 1960s?
Master-Slave Relations in the Antebellum South
How far do you agree with the view that master-slave relations in the antebellum South are most accurately described as paternal? There exists much study surrounding the issue of master-slave relationships in the antebellum South; that is, debate regarding whether slaveholders lived up to their arguably propagandist paternal reputation or whether their relations with their … Continue reading Master-Slave Relations in the Antebellum South
Autobiographies under Jim Crow
What are the strengths and weaknesses of autobiographies as evidence on the nature of black-white attitudes and relationships under Jim Crow? Answer with detailed reference to TWO key studies. Introduction The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia describes the Jim Crow system of segregation as a ‘racial caste system’ in operation largely in southern states … Continue reading Autobiographies under Jim Crow
Analytical Biography of Solomon Northup
Northup, Solomon: born: Minerva, New York, 1808; died: unknown. Now the focus of a major narrative on the silver screen, the life of Solomon Northup has intrigued and appalled viewers. Provoking tears and sorrow in millions, there possibly exists no single slave who holds greater fame. Ironically, perhaps, it was the desire for fame or … Continue reading Analytical Biography of Solomon Northup
In what ways was the credo “cuius regio, eius religio” (‘whose realm, his religion’) challenged in the sixteenth century?
The Latin adage ‘cuius regio, eius religio’, which translates as ‘whose realm, his religion’, suggests that it was the religion of the ruler that determined the faith of the inhabitants of a kingdom. However, it is commonly known that periods in English history, such as the sixteenth century, offered turbulent times in politics and religion, … Continue reading In what ways was the credo “cuius regio, eius religio” (‘whose realm, his religion’) challenged in the sixteenth century?