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GCSE History Revision Quiz - The UK and Ireland

Sunday, January 26, 2014

This GCSE History revision quiz covers the topic of the UK and Ireland. Each time you launch the quiz you'll get 10 questions on this topic selected at random - so you use this quiz lots of times to check that you have really understood the topic well! At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. All the best!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - Current World Issues

Friday, January 17, 2014

Current World Issues covered by this GCSE History revision quiz. Each time you take the quiz, 10 questions are drawn from our GCSE History topic database - so you get a different test each time!. At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. Good luck!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - Causes of World War Two

In this GCSE History revision quiz we look at the Causes of the Second World War.  Each time you launch the quiz you'll get 10 questions on this topic selected at random - so you use this quiz lots of times to check that you have really understood the topic well! At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. Good luck!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - First World War

Test your knowledge and understanding of the First World War with this GCSE History revision quiz. Each time you take the quiz, 10 questions are drawn from our topic - so you get a different test each time!. At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. All the best!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - End of the Cold War

Test your knowledge and understanding of The End of the Cold War with this GCSE History revision quiz. Each time you take the quiz, 10 questions are drawn from our topic - so you get a different test each time!. At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. All the best!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - Russia 1905-1941

Russia 1905-1941 is the topic addressed by this GCSE revision quiz which features 10 different questions each time you launch the quiz! At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. 

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GCSE Revision Quiz - America 1945 - 1975

This GCSE History revision quiz helps you test knowledge and understanding of the topic of America (1945 - 1975). Each time you take the quiz, 10 questions are drawn from our GCSE History topic database on America 1945 - 1975. At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. Good luck!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - USA 1919-1941

This GCSE History revision quiz helps you test knowledge and understanding of the topic of the USA between 1919-1941. Each time you take the quiz, 10 questions are drawn from our GCSE History topic database on USA 1919-1941. At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. Good luck!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - League of Nations

The League of Nations is the topic covered by this GCSE History revision quiz. Each time you take the quiz, 10 questions are drawn from our GCSE History topic database on the League of Nations - so you get a different test each time!. At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. Good luck!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - Causes of the First World War

This GCSE History revision quiz helps you test knowledge and understanding of the topic of the Causes of the First World War. Each time you take the quiz, 10 questions are drawn from our GCSE History topic database on the Causes of the First World War. At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. Good luck!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - Origins of the Cold War

This GCSE History revision quiz helps you test knowledge and understanding of the topic of the Origins of the Cold War. Each time you take the quiz, 10 questions are drawn from our GCSE History topic database on the Origins of the Cold War. At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. Good luck!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - Nazi Germany

This GCSE History revision quiz helps you test knowledge and understanding of the topic of Nazi Germany. Each time you take the quiz, 10 questions are drawn from our GCSE History topic database on Nazi Germany. At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses. Good luck!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - Vietnam

This GCSE History revision quiz helps you test knowledge and understanding of the topic of Vietnam. Each time you take the quiz, 10 questions are drawn from our GCSE History topic database on Vietnam. At the end of the quiz you can review your answers against the correct ones and also print out your responses.  Good luck!

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GCSE Revision Quiz - The Peace Treaties

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

20 multiple-choice questions here for GCSE History on the topic of The Peace Treaties

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“I Have a Dream” - 50 Years Since Martin Luther King’s Speech

Monday, August 26, 2013

It is 50 years since the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King delivered his "I have a dream" speech and there is lot of excellent media coverage of the anniversary.

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Macmillan’s secret role in the Cuban Missile Crisis

Friday, August 24, 2012

Much of the study of the Cuban Missile Crisis focuses on the Soviet–US confrontation. However, it is important to remember that the UK was the third nuclear party involved in the crisis. This excellent article from Total Politics examines the role played by the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan during the Cuban Missile Crisis - it seems he was more closely involved than is typically thought.

Macmillan’s secret role in the Cuban Missile Crisis

Life in the FWW trenches - uncovered in 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

A fascinating story this one - twenty-one German soldiers entombed in a perfectly preserved World War One shelter have been discovered 94 years after they were killed. You can read about it here in The Telegraph.

Valkyrie at the History Film Club!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Most teachers are aware of the history film dilemma.  There are an increasing number of really good ‘history’ films out there, both the reasonably accurate and the laughably inaccurate, and all types offer a chance to invigorate a bit of classroom work on the relevant topic.  But with increasing pressure on classroom time - much of it seeping away due to January modules, university open days, the odd snow day, field trips by other departments – it really is difficult to justify devoting whole lessons to the showing of a film (if it ever really was, but who hasn’t occasionally taken refuge in one!).  One solution, of course, is the glorious ‘watch this film’ homework, worth setting for the looks of bemusement followed by delight on student faces.  That’s one homework that gets done!  But solution number 2, and a more collective one, is the History Film Club.  Some of my sixth form historians have set one up after school on a Monday evening, using the interactive whiteboards as a decent substitute cinema screen, and it is not only proving quite popular but is provoking interesting discussions afterwards.  First off was “Valkyrie”, the controversial Tom Cruise vehicle.

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The History of Nuclear Weapons - Interactive Timeline

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A neat interactive timeline here charts the development of the arms race and subsquent negotiations and treaties on disarmament.

Nuclear Weapons Timeline

Starter Activity - Cold War Wipeout Challenge

Monday, November 23, 2009

Here’s a great starter activity from Andy Lawrence using tutor2u’s Wipeout Challenge quiz format…

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The Fall of Communism - Key Events on Video

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism is well covered in these interactive BBC resources, including video clips from the news archives:

Mapping the fall of Communism

Key events of 1989

Into the Storm - Churchill and the War Years

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

If you missed the superb Into the Storm last night, then it is well worth catching on BBC iPlayer.

Loads of reenactments of key WW2 events in there for students, including Dunkirk, the War Cabinet, Yalta and the bombing of Dresden. The 1945 General Election is also featured prominently.

Watch Into the Storm

The Day the Wall Fell (BBC Radio 2- Tuesday 3 Nov)

Sunday, November 01, 2009

A quick heads up about a programme on Radio 2 next week.

According to the programme guide:

Jeremy Vine marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by looking at its history, from construction in 1961, to the day it was finally breached on 9 November 1989.

Jeremy visits the city to examine what remains of the Wall and speaks to those who lived on both sides - East and West. He visits some of the key locations in the Wall’s history including Checkpoint Charlie; the Brandenburg Gate; Bernauer Strasse, which was cut in two in 1961; and Mauerstrasse, where the largest remaining section of the Wall exists today. Jeremy explores why the Wall went up in the first place, why it came down and asks whether the psychological scars of a divided Germany still remain.

The programme contains firsthand testimony from Germans who escaped from the East and those who helped them. It also considers what it was like to live in a state controlled by the secret police or Stasi and hears from a political reformer who was held in the notorious Hohenschönhausen prison. He considers to what extent the phenomenon of “ostalgie” or nostalgia for life in the former East Germany still exists, particularly as some former Stasi and government officials have prospered since the Wall came down 20 years ago.

There are interviews with escapee Joachim Neuman, who spent two years working on tunnels under the Wall to bring his girlfriend to the West; and escapee Irmgard Muller, who escaped from East Berlin under a false passport to be with her husband. We also hear from West Berliner Horst Seeliger, who was in East Berlin on November 9 1989, and one of the first people to cross back through the border into the West; and Vera Lengsfeld, an East German reformist politician who was imprisoned by the Stasi.

Additional contributors include historian Frederick Taylor; Sunday Times journalist Peter Millar and veteran BBC reporter Brian Hanrahan, who both covered the fall of the wall; and Ben Bradshaw, Secretary Of State for Culture, Media & Sport, who was a young BBC reporter in Berlin in 1989.

The Wall Street Crash - Interactive Guide

Friday, October 23, 2009

On the 80th anniversary of the Wall Street Crash, the Guardian has produced this excellent interactive guide to the events in 1929.

Revision Video - Czechoslovakia and the Prague Spring 1968

Thursday, October 22, 2009

This ten-minute You Tube video gudies students through the events immediately following the appointment of Alexander Dubcek as leader of the Czech Communist Party.

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Berlin Wall - BBC Archive now available online

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A terrific resource from the BBC archive has recently been updated and upgraded.  The Berlin Wall archive contains a rich collections of video and audio clips explaining the entire history of the Berlin Wall.  An essential AV resource.

Visit the BBC Archive on the Berlin Wall

Revision Video - Solidarity in Poland

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Polish challenge to the Soviets from Lech Walesa’s Solidarity trade union is described in this 10 minute You Tube video.

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Interactive quizzes on the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Monday, October 19, 2009

Here are links to a series of new interactive quizzes for GCSE History courses that cover the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Cold War Wildcard GCSE Quizzes

Test your knowledge of key names, events and concepts in the history of the Cold War with these four “wildcard”-style quizzes.  We give you a partially completed term.  Your task is to complete it.

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GCSE Superpower Relations: Quizzes

Here is a collection of interactive multiple choice quizzes which help students test their knowledge of the Superpower conflicts:

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Hungarian Uprising 1956 - Ten Minute Video

Sunday, October 18, 2009

This You Tube video explains the events of the 1856 Hungarian uprising…

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History Videos - Cold War - Checkpoint Charlie

Friday, October 16, 2009

This excellent short CNN video tells the story of Checkpoint Charlie…

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History Videos - The Berlin Airlift

This ten-minute newsreel video tells the “official” story of the Allied Berlin Airlift…

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Should Truman have dropped the atomic bomb?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Help your students decide whether Truman should have dropped the bomb with this source-based activity from the Learning Curve

D-Day Quiz

Monday, October 05, 2009

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Here is a revision mutliple choice quiz for GCSE history students covering the Second World War and the events of D-Day

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Women’s Suffrage Resources

Monday, September 28, 2009

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If you are looking for primary evidence on the Women’s Suffrage Movement take a look at the excellent selection from The British Library’s site Learning: Dreamers and Dissenters.

Bay Of Pigs Explained in Video

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Two short videos from YouTube take take students through the background to, and events of Bay of Pigs in April 1961…

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Revision crosswords on the Cold War

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Events, dear boy, events.  And the Cold War period was packed full of them - so many in fact that GCSE History students can be forgiven for confusing Potsdam with Prague or Detente with the Domino Effect.

Here are a couple of revision crosswords which you might use with students to help reinforce core knowledge of what happened and when during the Cold War.  There are two crosswords - one with 10 clues and one with 20 clues.

Download the Cold War Events Crosswords

Many thanks to Andy Lawrence for producing these resources which we are about to make available as part of a comprehensive PuzzlePack on the Cold War for GCSE History students

Revision Puzzle on the Personalities of the Cold War

Do you have students who don’t know their Arms Races from their Eisenhower?

Here is a matching activity which can be used to help students test their knowledge of the main historical characters involved in the Cold War.  There are two puzzles - one has 10 people listed; the other has 15 people.  The aim is to match the person with the clue!

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SchoolHistory.co.uk Student Forum

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A discussion forum for students, run by History educators for students

 

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History Categories

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Life in Shatila

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Shatila refugee camp was established in Lebanon to temporarily house Palestinians who had fled from what became Israel during the 1948-49 war. The refugees have never been able to return. This slideshow from the BBC looks at life within the camp and makes reference to the massacre that took place here during the Israeli invasion of 1982.

Key events in the Arab-Israeli conflict: Watch the videos here

Friday, May 09, 2008

Another great resource from the BBC that will aid revision on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Watch them here.

Russia 1900 - 1924 - Revision Glossary

Monday, March 17, 2008

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Here is a new resource that will help with student revision of the history of Russia between 1900 - 1924 (GCSE History)

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Cold War Revision Glossary

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Here is a new resource that will help with student revision of the Cold War for GCSE History

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Quiz - What was life like in Tsarist Russia?

Here is a revision quiz for GCSE History students on life in Tsarist Russia.

Why did the PLO and Israel sign a Peace Accord in 1995?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Many thanks to my GCSE set for coming up with this structure for a possible GCSE question:

Here they come up with five reasons for the Peace Accord:

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Key term revision glossary on the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Monday, March 10, 2008

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Here is a new resource that will help with student revision of the Arab-Israeli conflict for GCSE History

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The Bethnal Green Tube tragedy

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Tomorrow marks the 65th anniversary of the Bethnal Green tube tragedy in which 173 people perished - a little known disaster that hit London in 1943. The BBC story sets out how it happened and also the swift cover up that aimed to reduce any impact on wartime morale.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7273488.stm

Why was Israel able to defeat its enemies in the wars of 1948-49, 1956, and 1967?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Why was Israel able to defeat its enemies in the wars of 1948-49, 1956, and 1967?

This is an example of a decent GCSE answer for the Arab-Israeli paper.

There are many reasons why Israel was able to defeat its Arab enemies in the three wars between 1948 and 1967. Some of these factors were a result of the Israelis themselves, but equally, there were reasons that were caused by Arab weaknesses or actions. Likewise, there were some reasons that applied to each of the three wars, and some that were specific to one or two of them. In order to fully answer the question, it is necessary to look at all of these reasons.

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Ping Pong Diplomacy

Friday, February 22, 2008

It was thirty-five years ago today that President Nixon visited China. Feeling overstretched by commitment in Vietnam and eager to create tension between rival Communist powers Nixon’s visit was part of the period of detente between the Superpowers.

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A study day at The National Army Museum: Great War technology Part One

On Tuesday our school visited The National Army Museum for a study day. After looking around the excellent galleries (our students particularly liked the exhibition looking at the experience of 16 Air Assault Brigade in Helmand Province. We had two lectures from the education staff. Below is the first part of a write up of the notes that I made.

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Taxpayers’ money well spent for a change

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

There have been plenty of people in the public eye recently who seem to have misused our hard earned money. Similarly, the BBC has had a rough time of late over fake phone-ins, dodgy editing and the rest. However, it maybe worth highlighting, though of not much consolation to non-historians, that the Corporation’s website has some quite excellent content that will help history students of whatever level. For once I think that our money has been wisely invested. Take a look for yourself:

Yet Another Balkans Crisis?

Yesterday Kosovo’s parliament declared unanimously declared itself to be independent from Serbia.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7249034.stm

Just about immediately Serbia and her close supporter, Russia, made their protests as riot police faced protesters in Belgrade and grenades were thrown in the ethnically Serb town of Mitrovica in Kosovo.

Today Serbia withdrew her ambassador to the USA, stating that the country had violated international law by recognising Kosovo.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7251802.stm

Amongst EU nations opinion has been divided with Spain not recognising the new state, in a directly opposite action to that taken by France, Germany and the UK.

All this not only brings back memories of the conflict in the late 1990s but also to the wider unrest in the region that has bedevilled wider European relations for upwards of 150 years. Even without going back to the strife prior to the Nineteenth Century there is enough to keep historians occupied. The crises of 1875-78, 1886, 1912-13 and, of course, 1914 all had international repercussions. It can only be hoped that both local and regional tensions will ease before more blood is spilt in a most contentious corner of our continent.

 

GCSE History: Can you name the key figures in the Arab-Israeli conflict?

Friday, February 15, 2008

Have a go at putting names to faces:

http://www.tutor2u.net/history/games/arabisrael-nameme.html

Guess the Cold Warrior

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Have a go at this at home or in the classroom

http://www.tutor2u.net/history/games/coldwar-nameme.html

Cold War links

Monday, February 11, 2008

For anyone studying or teaching the Cold War the links below should help.

Useful timelines and quizzes
http://www.coldwar.org/articles/40s/index.asp

A good general history site and links
http://www.coldwar.net/

The BBC’s minisite
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/coldwar/

CNN’s contribution made to accompany a TV series
http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cold.war/

A typically excellent offering from the National Archives
http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/coldwar/

The conflict broken down into topics
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/coldwar.htm

8th February 1983: Ariel Sharon quits after Sabra and Shatila massacres

Friday, February 08, 2008

The June 6th 1982 invasion of Lebanon (codenamed Operation Peace of the Galilee) by Israeli forces was ordered in direct reponse to the attempted assassination of the Israeli ambassador to the UK, Shlomo Argov by the Abu Nidal Organisation (Palestinian ‘terrorist’, a founder of Fatah who had split from Yasser Arafat and the PLO). Lebanon had, after the 1948-49 conflict become the home to around 100,000 Palestinian refugees who had fled from their homes in present day Israel. By the early 1980s this number had grown to about 300,000, with the PLO establishing their own area of control in southern Lebanon. It was this influence that the Israelis sought to end - with the actions of the Abu Nidal Organisation being used as a convenient excuse.

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