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 Slave Trade, The Age of Empire, The First World War, Edwardian Britain, the Liberal Reforms 1906-1911, the Suffragettes, International Relations 1919-39, Nineteenth Century British Politics, Tudor Government, European Fascism and Leninism and the Bolshevik Revolution.
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.