Modern History

Getting behind the lines in historical discovery.

The first half of the 20th century was an unprecedented period of war and tension between nations. In this course, we will investigate why, tracing the story from the causes of World War I from a minor Balkan argument to a global conflict; how WWI unfolded, its end and aftermath, and then how this sowed the seeds of World War II. We'll even consider and discuss alternative views of warfare by authors such as Richard Maybury in his book called World War I.

We will also investigate the efforts to make a lasting peace in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany, and then the outbreak and course of World War II.

Through this historical journey, we will consider how events in history are linked to each other, concentrating on causes and consequences and understanding the ways in which, and reasons why, as we all know, history repeats itself.

(HINT: mostly because humans are involved in it!)

Bringing War-Time to Life!

Through this course, you will learn the kinds of thinking and analytical skills needed to support GCSE level courses, which will include describing and explaining cause and consequence, and working with timelines.

As all Dreaming Spires Home Learning subjects, you’ll be reading between 50 and 70 pages per week, watching and discussing documentaries, submitting summaries and answering discussion questions, and having plenty of time for debate and discussion about the events we’re studying!

Read more about Mrs Mason's amazing credentials as a historian on our About Us page.


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