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History: Modern: Revolutions Across Time at Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy

Course description

History is our most powerful tool for understanding how people create and respond to events, how power,
property and prejudice are manipulated and experienced, and is thus our key to understanding our own world.
Ostensibly about the past, it is really about us.
Unit 1. Change and Consolidation: Totalitarian Ideology in Theory and Practice, c1848–c1941
This unit builds on what you learned at GCSE by investigating the ideological basis of Communist Russia,
Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. The course begins by finding out how the concept of Communism was
developed in the 19th century and how it was applied in Russia between 1924 and 1941 under Stalin. To
balance this we then look at how Italy became a Fascist state between 1919 and 1940, and how Nazism
developed in Germany from 1919 to 1939. What ties these three regimes together, despite their very different
politics, is the revolutionary emphasis on totalitarianism and the destruction of democracy.
Unit 2. Historical issues: Sixties Social Revolution? British Society, 1959–1975
In this unit you will look at Britain’s social revolution in the 1960s and 70s, making an in-depth study of a short
period. In the aftermath of the Second World and during the Cold War Britain’s society is seen by some to
have dramatically changed, leading to a radical alteration in social values linked both to the welfare state and
popular culture. Women and young people enjoyed new rights and a far higher profile, arguably generating a
far more democratic society.
Unit 3. The State and the People: The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007
This unit explores how Britain recovered after World War 2 with particular emphasis on key events, leaders
and political parties. This involves investigating Britain’s changing relationship with the world and especially
Europe, and at home how government policy affected industrial relations and the government-citizen
relationship. You will also investigate how Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair revolutionized their respective
political parties.
Unit 4. Historical Enquiry: The Roman Revolution. Power and Authority in Early Imperial Rome 44BC-
In this unit you will look at how the Roman Republic collapsed into a catastrophic era of civil wars threatening
the Roman world’s very existence. You will study how one of the warring generals, Augustus, used an
extraordinary combination of military power, political guile and ingenuity to establish himself as the first Roman
emperor. He pretended that he had restored the democratic institutions of the Republic but had arguably
created one of the world’s first great totalitarian dictatorships. You will explore how Augustus’s system and
image of power proved so durable it was greater than the personalities of his successors, including Caligula
and Nero and created one of the most remarkable political and social revolutions in history.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in History GCSE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years