The History Department offers a rich menu of courses chosen for their interest and significance. We attempt to give students an understanding of important British and World developments which have shaped our world, whilst developing the skills and disciplines necessary to study History meaningfully.
Topics covered over the 5 years include the Origins and main events of the First World War, the Inter-War period 1919-39, the development of the Cold War 1945-75, the Liberal Reforms 1906-1911, Women and the Vote 1890-1918,, Nineteenth Century Foreign and Imperial Policy 1856-1918, The Tudors from Henry VIII to the reign of Elizabeth I, The Russian Revolutions 1896-1924, Stalin’s Russia 1928-41 and the struggle for US Civil Rights 1860-1990.
We consider the importance of individuals in shaping history whilst understanding the significance of the broader context in which they lived. Students are given an understanding of differing historical interpretations of the past and begin to appreciate the writing of history as a subjective process. They also develop a discriminatory eye for detail; learn how to critically evaluate documents and how to construct multi-causal explanations. The work of the Department is enhanced by a variety of overseas trips and guest speakers.