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A one stop for all modern history teachers, big on ambition for great lessons and short on time. Find learning resources, lesson starters, factfiles, entire modules and more.

A one stop for all modern history teachers, big on ambition for great lessons and short on time. Find learning resources, lesson starters, factfiles, entire modules and more.
The British Empire in the 19th Century Study Notes

The British Empire in the 19th Century Study Notes

This worksheet is an introductory outline to Britain’s empire in the 19th Century. It’s a great resource for a lesson framing the 19th Century. It briefly explores: The Atlantic Slave Trade. Britain’s use of colonial troops The power of the Royal Navy
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The February Revolution Study Notes and Questions

The February Revolution Study Notes and Questions

This study guide explains the events of the February Revolution in Russia and the fall of Tsar Nicholas II. It features: Protests against the Tsar The mutiny of the army The Tsar’s abdication It also contains one essay and one source based question.
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Causes of the Holocaust: Source Based Exercise

Causes of the Holocaust: Source Based Exercise

This exercise contains eight primary and secondary sources and challenges learners to evaluate which school of historiography (intentionalist, functionalist) they support. The resource outlines the definition of intentionalism and functionalism. It provides a table at the end for learners to write their results in and justify their explanations.
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The Washington Conferences Study Notes

The Washington Conferences Study Notes

These notes are an easy and accessible guide to the Washington Naval Conference and its significance. These notes for students explore: The significance of the Washington Naval Conference and its implications for arms and the future of China. The rise of America as a world power during the 1920s.
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The Paris Peace Conference, Asia and the Middle East Study Notes

The Paris Peace Conference, Asia and the Middle East Study Notes

These notes detail how Asia and the Middle East were treated at the Paris Peace Conference 1919. They cover: The creation of Palestine, Transjordan, Mesopotamia and Syria The exploitation of China by Japan Anglo French Imperial goals in Asia and the Middle East The resource comes with essay based questions at the end
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Kent State Shootings 1970 Study Notes

Kent State Shootings 1970 Study Notes

This is a simple and accessible handout in my Vietnam War series about the Kent State shooting in 1970. The resource: Explores the causes, events and consequences of the shooting. Examine’s Richard Nixon’s attitudes to students and protesters. Explores reasons for the growth in protest throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
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American Empire Bundle  1898-1914

American Empire Bundle 1898-1914

This resource is an indispensable guide for students to the causes and events of the Spanish American War and America’s annexation of the Panama Canal. It includes lesson notes on: The causes of the Spanish American War The war in Cuba and the Philippines The acquisition of the Panama Canal
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Fourteenth Amendment Study Notes

Fourteenth Amendment Study Notes

Detailed and accessible study notes making the complexities of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America straight forward. These study notes explain: The difficulties passing the amendment The passing of the earlier Civil Rights Act 1866 The attempt by former slave owning states to negate the three fifths rule.
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Victorian Britain Introduction Study Notes

Victorian Britain Introduction Study Notes

If you’re starting a study of European empires, Britain or the Victorians this is a great way of framing the discussion and setting the scene. This document will make sure your learners start from a clear and strong perspective; suitable for years 10-12 and higher.
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Thirteenth Amendment Study Notes

Thirteenth Amendment Study Notes

This is a clear, concise and super accessible guide to the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, abolishing slavery. It explains to students: *The problems with the Constitution of 1788 *The reasons for the passing of the amendment *The methods used by southern states to subvert the amendment *The use of prison labour as a result of the amendment’s wording
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Lincoln, emancipation and reconstruction study notes

Lincoln, emancipation and reconstruction study notes

Three study guides for lesson or homework on the complexities of Lincoln’s approach to emancipation and the challenges of reconstruction after his death. Study notes for three complete lessons covering: Lincoln and Slavery Emancipation proclamation Reconstruction: Part One (1865-68)
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The Start of the Spanish Civil War study notes

The Start of the Spanish Civil War study notes

This resource is a brief guide to the causes of the Spanish Civil War. It features key information on: Foreign involvement from Nazi Germany and Italy Foreign volunteers in the International Brigades Anglo French neutrality.
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Japan's rise to power 1860-1918 study notes bundle

Japan's rise to power 1860-1918 study notes bundle

This comprehensive and in depth bundle gives teachers resources for five lessons and a module handbook to flip-learn from between lessons. It explains in depth the reasons for Japanese development after 1860 and Japan’s successful wars against China and Russia. Includes: Japan Module Handbook, lesson notes on Japan and the USA, Japan and Great Britain, the Sino Japanese War 1894-5, the Russo Japanese War 1905 and Japan and World War One.
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Fifteenth Amendment Study Notes

Fifteenth Amendment Study Notes

This handy, easy to use and accessible handout is a useful exploration of the Fifteenth Amendment for students of US civil rights, reconstruction and slavery. It contains The political circumstances of the amendment. Its limitations and shortcomings The Colfax Massacre that followed black voter registration in the south
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Mussolini's Foreign Policy 1922-36

Mussolini's Foreign Policy 1922-36

This detailed but accessible resource focuses on the following key issues: Mussolini and the Locarno Pact and his relations with Britain and France. Mussolini’s ambitions The Rome Berlin Axis Mussolini’s policy towards Abyssinia and Spain
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Causes of the Spanish Civil War

Causes of the Spanish Civil War

This set of accessible and easy to use study notes for A level explains: Spain after World War One The dictatorship of Primo de Rivera The establishment of the Second Spanish Republic Army plotting and the coup
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Hitler's Anti Jewish Laws 1933-35

Hitler's Anti Jewish Laws 1933-35

This is a detailed resource for GCSE and A level focusing on the initial policies towards the Jews across Germany 1933-35. It explores the role of the SA in boycotting Jewish shops It examines what is known of Hitler’s intentions and motivations It examines the motivations for the Nuremberg Laws in 1935
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Kristallnacht Study Notes

Kristallnacht Study Notes

A super accessible and easy to use set of study notes on Kristallnacht, for GCSE and A level, featuring: The long term causes of the anti Jewish pogrom and the aims of the Nazis. Details on the Aryanization of Jewish businesses Responses of ordinary Germans to the attack.
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Ku Klux Klan Primary Source Investigation

Ku Klux Klan Primary Source Investigation

This is a fully differentiated lesson resource with a potential oral history homework add on. It challenges learners to think reflectively about the place of the KKK in American society in the 1920s. It contains: 3 sources. 9 differentiated questions One oral history source Longer homework focused questions based on oral testimony
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The Bosnian Crisis 1908 Study Guide

The Bosnian Crisis 1908 Study Guide

Accessible and easy to use study notes on the Bosnian Crisis 1908, ideal for A level. This resource explains: The importance of Bosnia to Austria The impact of declining Ottoman power The consequences of Austria’s actions
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Mussolini and Abyssinia

Mussolini and Abyssinia

This detailed and accessible resource explains in depth Mussolini’s war in Abyssinia. It explains the causes and the consequences of the war for Italy, France, Britain and Abyssinia. These notes are ideal for A level students exploring the causes of the Second World War.
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