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  • Cathars and Castles in Medieval France

      Historian article
    Almost exactly 800 years ago, in September 1213, a decisive battle was fought at Muret, about ten miles south-west of Toulouse. King Peter II of Aragon, fighting with southern allies from Toulouse and elsewhere, faced an army largely made up of northern French crusaders who had invaded the region at the...
    Cathars and Castles in Medieval France
  • Podcast Series: The British Empire 1800-Present

      Multipage Article
    An HA Podcasted History of the British Empire 1800-Present featuring Dr Seán Lang of Anglia Ruskin University, Dr John Stuart of Kingston University London, Professor A. J. Stockwell and Dr Larry Butler of the University of East Anglia.
    Podcast Series: The British Empire 1800-Present
  • The Reformation: the view from the north

      Annual Conference 2013 Podcast
    Lecture from the Historical Association 2013 Annual Conference - Podcast Professor Bill Sheils - University of York The Reformation comprised a range of regional and local experiences, each with its own character and chronology. This talk will examine the broad characteristics of religious change in the north of England between...
    The Reformation: the view from the north
  • Historical reasoning in the classroom

      Teaching History article
    Historical reasoning in the classroom: What does it look like and how can we enhance it? The history education community has long recognised that historical thinking depends on the interplay between substantive knowledge about the past and the procedural, or second-order, concepts that historians use to construct, shape and give...
    Historical reasoning in the classroom
  • The Fall of Singapore 1942

      Historian article
    Churchill called it "the worst disaster and the largest capitulation in British history" and the Fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942 has certainly gathered its own mythology in the past 70 years. Was it all the fault of General Percival; were the guns pointing the wrong way; did the...
    The Fall of Singapore 1942
  • The International Journal Volume 11, Number 1

      Journal
    Editorial Articles Eleni Apostolidou Teaching and Discussing Historical Significance with 15 year-old students in Greece Manuela Carvalho and Isabel Barca Students' Use of Historical Evidence in European Countries P. Checkley and C. Checkley ‘Future Teachers of the Past' - An initial analysis of Initial Teacher Training students and their preparation...
    The International Journal Volume 11, Number 1
  • English Heritage and Historical Association Local Heritage Project

      Article
    One year ago (2011), the south eastern branch of English Heritage and the Historical Association came together to see what we could do better in partnership. The outcome was the Local Heritage Partnership Project. The vision was to work together to provide access to and inspiration to carry out local...
    English Heritage and Historical Association Local Heritage Project
  • Using ancient texts to improve pupils' critical thinking

      Teaching History article
    Did Alexander really ask, ‘Do I appear to you to be a bastard?' Using ancient texts to improve pupils' critical thinking Beth Baker and Steven Mastin make the case for teaching ancient history in the post-14 curriculum. Pointing out the damaging messages that could be conveyed by assuming that ancient...
    Using ancient texts to improve pupils' critical thinking
  • Teaching History 147: Curriculum Architecture

      The HA's journal for secondary history teachers
    02 Editorial  03 HA Secondary News  04 HA Update  08 Beth Baker and Steven Mastin - Did Alexander really ask, ‘Do I appear to you to be a bastard?' Using ancient texts to improve pupils' critical thinking (Read article) 14 Cunning Plan: Getting students to use classical texts - Beth Baker...
    Teaching History 147: Curriculum Architecture
  • How my interest in what I don't teach has informed my teaching and enriched my students' learning

      Teaching History article
    How my interest in what I don't teach has informed my teaching and  enriched my students' learning Flora Wilson argues here for the importance of maintaining a fascination with history as an academic subject for experienced, practising history teachers. Just as medical professionals keep their knowledge up to date by...
    How my interest in what I don't teach has informed my teaching and enriched my students' learning
  • Polychronicon 146: Interpreting the history of 'big history'

      Teaching History feature
    In recent decades, a novel approach to history has emerged, called ‘big history', which provides an overview of all of human history, embedded within biological, geological and astronomical history covering the grandest sweep of time and space, from the beginning of the universe to life on Earth here and now....
    Polychronicon 146: Interpreting the history of 'big history'
  • Empires of Gold

      Historian article
    In 1660, the Company of Royal Adventurers Trading to Africa was established under the leadership of Charles II's brother James, the Duke of York. Founded as a slaving company, the Royal African Company, as it became known, also traded in gold. African gold was mined in the interior before being...
    Empires of Gold
  • Kristallnacht

      Historian article
    Why Reichskristallnacht? In The Third Reich Michael Burleigh writes: ‘We should be cautious in seeing spontaneity where frequency suggests instigation from a central source.' He comments on ‘a dialectic between "spontaneous" grassroot actions and "followup" state sponsored measures.' These remarks relate to 1935, the time of the Nuremberg Laws [the...
    Kristallnacht
  • The Transport Revolution 1750-1830

      Classic Pamphlet
    The period 1750-1830, traditionally marking the classical industrial revolution, achieved in Great Britain what Professor Rostow has called the economy's "take-off into self-sustained growth". A revolution in transportation was part of the complex of changes - industrial, agricultural, mercantile and commercial - occurring roughly concurrently.The impetus to transport change is...
    The Transport Revolution 1750-1830
  • CRIC Research Project

      Link
    Recent conflicts in Europe, as well as abroad, have brought the deliberate destruction of the heritage of others, as a means of inflicting pain, to the foreground. With this has come the realisation that the processes involved and thus the long-term consequences are poorly understood. Heritage reconstruction is not merely...
    CRIC Research Project
  • HA Secondary History Survey 2009

      HA Survey
    Pupils are receiving fewer and fewer hours of history teaching across secondary schools in England according to research by the Historical Association. The specially commissioned report discovered that:Many children receive little or no history education after only two years of secondary school48% of academies report 11-12 year olds spend less...
    HA Secondary History Survey 2009
  • Cyprus: another Middle East issue

      Historian article
    Although Cyprus, the third largest Mediterranean island, remained nominally under Turkish suzerainty until 1914, the British were established there after the 1878 Congress of Berlin. The idea then was that, from this base, Britain could protect Turkey against threats from Russia, while ensuring that the Turks reformed their treatment of...
    Cyprus: another Middle East issue
  • Neville Chamberlain: Villain or Hero?

      Historian article
    Perhaps no other British figure of the twentieth century has been as vilified or as celebrated as Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister from 1937 to 1940. In 1999, a BBC Radio 4 poll of prominent historians, politicians and commentators rated Chamberlain as one of the worst Prime Ministers of...
    Neville Chamberlain: Villain or Hero?
  • Year 12 write Zambia's history for Zambian students

      Teaching History article
    Peter Gray explains how his Year 12 students came to research and write a resource on the history of Zambia, for history teachers in Zambia. The construction of the resource stretched the Year 12 students in new ways: the Internet was useless and there were no easy digests in A-Level...
    Year 12 write Zambia's history for Zambian students
  • The German Revolution 1918-19

      Classic Pamphlet
    Like other revolutions the German revolution of November 1918 was a product of different causes, some of which formed part of the events immediately preceding it, while other belonged to the less recent past. The revolution began as the improvised revolt of an exhausted and disillusioned population against an authoritarian...
    The German Revolution 1918-19
  • An Intimate History of Your Home - Lucy Worsley

      Historian Article
    ‘You've gone over to The Dark Side'. These were the words of a well-respected historian to whom I'd been enthusing about the pleasures and perils of Dressing Up. During 2009-10 I spent several months in historic costume, recreating the habits and rituals of domestic life in the past. It was...
    An Intimate History of Your Home - Lucy Worsley
  • John Wilkes 1725-1797: A Man of Principle

      Historian article
    For Lord North in 1775, one John Wilkes was enough, ‘though ... to do him justice, it was not easy to find many such'. The impact of Wilkes between 1760 and 1780 was profound, a cause as much as a person. For Philip Francis, thought to be the satirist ‘Junius',...
    John Wilkes 1725-1797: A Man of Principle
  • Lord North: The Noble Lord in the Blue Ribbon

      Classic Pamphlet
    In the last weeks of his life Lord North, we are told, expressed anxiety about his place in history - ‘how he stood and would stand in the world'. This, he owned, ‘might be a weakness, but he could not help it'. It was a weakness one suspects that he...
    Lord North: The Noble Lord in the Blue Ribbon
  • The British General Strike 1926

      Classic Pamphlet
    ‘The General Strike is a challenge to Parliament and is the road to anarchy and ruin.' (Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister, 6th May 1926). ‘The General Council does not challenge the Constitution ... the sole aim of the Council is to secure for the miners a decent standard of life. The Council...
    The British General Strike 1926
  • Alexandra and Rasputin

      Historian article
    Has the role of Alexandra and Rasputin in the downfall of the Romanovs been exaggerated out of all proportion? If a country is defeated in war, the rulers run the risk of being overthrown. In 1918 the Kaiser left Germany for Holland, Germany became a Republic; the Austro-Hungarian Empire came...
    Alexandra and Rasputin