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  • Virtual Branch: From Pirates to Princes Normans in Eleventh Century Europe

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    Normandy originated from a grant of land to Rollo, a Viking leader, in the early tenth century. By the end of that century Normans were to be found in southern Italy, then in Britain and, at the end of the eleventh century, in the near East on the First Crusade....

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  • Recorded webinar: Avoiding confusion with chronology and change in primary history

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    This practical webinar identifies what confuses pupils in the teaching of chronology and the disciplinary concept of change and continuity and shows how such confusion and misconceptions can be avoided and challenged. Examples of careful planning and activities are given so that pupils can develop an accurate and nuanced understanding of...

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  • Virtual Branch Recording: The House of Dudley

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    The Dudleys thrived at the court of Henry VII, but were sacrificed to the popularity of Henry VIII. Rising to prominence in the reign of Edward VI, the Dudleys lost it all by advancing Jane Grey to the throne over Mary I. That was until the reign of Elizabeth I,...

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  • Black Germans: the last forgotten victims of the Nazis?

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    In this webinar, Professor Robbie Aitken looks at the experiences of Black residents in Germany during the Nazi period. Why have they been largely written out of larger histories of the Third Reich? Professor Aitken suggests that there was a genocidal intent in Nazi policy towards them, signalled partly by...

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  • Virtual Branch Recording: The East India Company and Empire

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    What can the early history of the English East India Company tell us about the foundations of the British Empire, and where does that history sit within current debates about Britain’s imperial legacy? In this session Mark Williams offers a timely insight into the history of one of the most significant...

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  • John F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War

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    Would US President John F. Kennedy have avoided the catastrophe that became the Vietnam War if Lee Harvey Oswald had not assassinated him in Dallas on that fateful day of 22 November 1963? This question – or a version of it – has animated discussions of the Vietnam War for...

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  • Recorded Webinar: Understanding Lenin’s Government, 1917-24

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    In this webinar Dr Douds examines the nature of political authority in the nascent Soviet Republic and the institutional structures, practices and ideology of government in the Lenin period. She considers how Communist Party dictatorship and the monolithic party-state emerged in the early years following the October Revolution of 1917...

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  • Recorded Webinar: New Approaches to Classical Sparta

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    This webinar starts with a basic overview of the city-states of Classical Greece (roughly 500 to 350 BC) and Sparta’s place within their geography and history. It then looks at some common myths about the nature of Spartan society and politics, focusing on areas where recent research has transformed our...

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  • Recorded Webinar: African economic development in historical perspective

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    Popular discussions of Africa often focus on the region’s relative poverty, and ask what role historical events like colonialism and the slave trade have played in shaping its development over time. For a long time, the absence of systematic data on African economies before c. 1960 meant these discussions were...

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  • Recorded Webinar: Why have the Chinese rediscovered World War II?

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    The Chinese regime never used to want to talk about their country’s experience in World War Two. The Japanese occupation of parts of China was felt to be a humiliating episode that was best forgotten, and the Communists were uncomfortable that their nationalist enemy Chiang Kai-Shek had been China’s main...

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  • Recorded Webinar: Philip IV

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    Decline, decadence, crisis, stagnation, and adversity are terms powerfully associated with the reign of Spain’s Planet King; sombre tones that contrast sharply with the glittering cultural and artistic achievements (enhanced by his patronage) that led the period to be dubbed ‘the’ Golden Age, a label consciously competing with France’s later...

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  • Recorded Webinar: Britain's eighteenth-century tradition of popular riot and protest

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    Eighteenth-century Britons were ruled by a restricted oligarchy of landowners and plutocrats. Yet the wider population had a proud tradition of assertiveness and readiness to protest. ‘Britons never will be slaves!’ as the chorus of 'Rule Britannia' (1740) announced pointedly (if somewhat ironically, in view of Britain’s role in the...

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  • Recorded Webinar: Robespierre and Danton: Heroes of the French Revolution?

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    One of the oldest myths of the French Revolution is the lethal rivalry between Robespierre and Danton: Robespierre the cold, bloodthirsty dictator who ruled France through Terror, versus Danton, the warm, humane, inspirational orator who wanted to stop Terror. Throughout the 19th century Robespierre was mostly depicted as a villain,...

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  • Virtual Branch Recording: Henry III and Simon de Montfort

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    David Carpenter brings to life the dramatic events in the last phase of Henry III’s momentous reign, provides a fresh account of the king’s strenuous efforts to recover power and sheds new light on the rebel figure Simon de Montfort. Professor David Carpenter is a Professor of Medieval History at King's College...

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  • Virtual Branch recording: The British Templars

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    The word Templars conjures up a variety of images and ideas – much of which are fiction rather than fact. In this talk Dr Steve Tibble will unpick some of the stories surrounding this group and place them in a proper historical and factual context. He will explore why the...

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  • Film: Unpicking the Ofsted subject report for history

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    In this webinar, history teachers and consultants Stuart Tiffany and Kerry Somers and Senior lecturer in primary education at Liverpool John Moore's University, Ailsa Fidler discuss the July 2023 history subject report with Ofsted National Lead for history, Tim Jenner. In the course of the webinar discussion, the key messages...

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  • Recorded webinar: Making the most out of Holocaust Memorial Day: challenges and opportunities

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    Since 2001 the UK has marked Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January, the date of the 'liberation' of Auschwitz Birkenau by Soviet soldiers in 1945. History teachers and their colleagues are often asked to 'mark' HMD in their schools. In this webinar we will explore themes of commemoration and education...

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  • Virtual Branch recording: Tudor Liveliness?

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    In Tudor England, artworks were often described as ‘lively’. What did this mean in a culture where naturalism was an alien concept? And in a time of religious upheaval, when the misuse of images might lure the soul to hell, how could liveliness be a good thing? In this talk...

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  • Recorded webinar: Helping primary students understand climate change

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    How might we integrate a focus on our relationship with the natural world through time in our existing curriculum? Why should we teach about key turning points in human history that have shaped this relationship in profound ways? What is history's role in explaining how we got to this point? ...

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  • Film: Making the most of your primary membership

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    Are you new to HA primary membership and not sure where to start? Want a taster of the benefits before you join? Or have you been a member for a while and want to make sure that you're using your membership to its full potential? In this recorded webinar we guide you through some essential benefits - from...

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