In varying levels of depth, students from KS3 to A-level could look at how Britain came to be in charge of this region at the end of the Great War on behalf of the League of Nations - Iraq has a long history of interaction with the international community. Many GCSE students will have studied the effectiveness or otherwise of sanctions in earlier periods of history. A discussion comparing past and present uses of this policy could strengthen understanding of the past while providing insight into the present.
The most striking history opportunities to emerge from this feature are those which link history and citizenship in what might be called an "applied history" approach. Key stage 2 students could be asked to broaden the traditional study of Ancient Egypt to include the neighbouring civilisations of Mesopotamia - Jjust as ancient and just as historically important.
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