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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 Dreadnought Arms Race Handout
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The Dreadnought Arms Race Handout

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This detailed and accessible resource on the imperial rivalries and naval arms race between Britain and Germany is designed to help learners understand a key factor in the causes of the First World War. Ideal for Ideal for AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC papers on the causes of the First World War.
Hitler's Anti Jewish Laws 1933-35
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Hitler's Anti Jewish Laws 1933-35

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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
Causes of the Holocaust: Source Based Exercise
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Causes of the Holocaust: Source Based Exercise

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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.
Stalin and Collectivisation
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Stalin and Collectivisation

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In the early 1930s Stalin began to remove private land and livestock from the USSR’s peasants, resulting in one of the most disastrous famines in Russian and Ukrainian history. This resource: Explains the ideological causes of collectivisation Examines the economic pressures on the USSR Evaluates different theories about the famine
Kristallnacht Study Notes
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Kristallnacht Study Notes

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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.
Causes of World War Two Mega Bundle
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Causes of World War Two Mega Bundle

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This magnificent resource is here to address all your lesson note resource needs. It contains 26 sets of notes on international relations 1918-39, along with historiography notes and discussions. It also contains a separate set of interpretation notes to help learners analyse and process the knowledge they receive. Here are the topic headings: Abyssinia Appeasment Austria-Hungary in 1918 Bulgaria in 1918 China and the Paris Peace Conference Creating the League of Nations Czechoslovakia at the Paris Peace Conference Germany in 1918 Greece at the Paris Peace Conference Historiography of the Paris Peace Conference How Hitler’s Appointment shaped international affairs Interpretations on the causes of World War Two Locarno Treaties Mandates and Empires The Nazi Soviet Pact The Ottoman Empire in 1918 The Paris Peace Conference Overview A Paris Peace Conference Glossary Poland and the Paris Peace Conference Punishing Germany at the Paris Peace Conference Russia’s absence from the Paris Peace Conference The Spanish Civil War 1936 The Arabs and the Paris Peace Conference The Washington Conferences Who caused World War Two? World War One: A brief guide Yugoslavia at the Paris Peace Conference
America and the oil crisis 1973
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America and the oil crisis 1973

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This accessible and detailed study guide explores: The impact of the 1973 Yom Kippur War on the supply of oil to America The effect of an oil embargo on the USA The cold war tensions surrounding the crisis
Case Study: Fugitive Slave Act 1793
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Case Study: Fugitive Slave Act 1793

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This accessible and detailed case study examines the Fugitive Slave Act 1793, detailing: The status of fugitive slaves before 1793 Legal rulings in Britain that had implications for American slaves The case of Oney Judge
Chinese Civil War PT1 Study Guide
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Chinese Civil War PT1 Study Guide

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These accessible and detailed study notes focus on the Chinese Civil War in its early stages from July 1945-June 1946. It details: Mao’s relationship with Stalin. The USA’s relationship with Chiang Stalin and Manchuria The Chongquing Conference
Hitler's War Part Four 1942-43
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Hitler's War Part Four 1942-43

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This is an accessible and straight forward study guide on the Second World War. It is the fourth in a series on Hitler’s war an explains: Hitler’s failing health during the war American and British successes in North Africa and Italy Germany and the Holocaust Hitler’s defeats at Stalingrad and the Battle of Kursk
Causes of World War One Mega Bundle
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Causes of World War One Mega Bundle

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This super handy all in one mega bundle contains 22 worksheets (including a module overview and a study of the historiography of the topic). Here are the topics covered: Causes of World War One Introduction World War One Historiography Bismarck The Impact of German Unification British Foreign Policy 1871-1904 Sino Japanese War July Crisis The Bosnian Crisis 1908 Arms Races Imperial Tensions Bismarck’s Diplomacy The Congress of Berlin The Entente Cordiale The Morocco Crises The British Empire in the 19th Century The end of the Bismarckian System The Balkans The Italo Turkish and Balkan Wars Japan and Britain Japan and America Japan and World War One
Hitler's War Part Two: 1940-41
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Hitler's War Part Two: 1940-41

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This is an accessible and straight forward study guide on the Second World War. It is the second in a series on Hitler’s war an explains: Britain’s bombing of German cities Hitler’s plans for the invasion of the USSR Hitler’s decision to deploy the Afrika Korps to aid Mussolini
US Women's Rights Study Guide 1941-45
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US Women's Rights Study Guide 1941-45

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This accessible and detailed study guide will give your learners a deeper understanding of the contribution of American women to allied victory in World War Two. If you are passionate about helping your students to learn how American women from every ethnicity and background built and operated America’s war machine and served in Asia, Europe and Africa, this resource is your indispensable guide. It examines: The Women’s Army Corps The Women’s Airforce Service Pilots The Women’s Bureau Women’s wartime munitions work The contribution of Black, Native, Hispanic and Asian American women
Bleeding Kansas Study Guide
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Bleeding Kansas Study Guide

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This accessible and detailed study guide for students of the American Civil War period examines: The Kansas Nebraska Act The Border Ruffians and Missouri’s influence The role of John Brown in Kansas The four constitutions of Kansas
Compromise of 1850 Study Guide
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Compromise of 1850 Study Guide

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This accessible and detailed study guide for students of the American Civil War era explores: The compromise of 1850 The Fugitive Slave Act 1850 The Free Soil Party
America and the Great Depression Study Guide
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America and the Great Depression Study Guide

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This is an accessible, useful and detailed resource about the early stages of the Great Depression in America, suitable for GCSE and A Level. The resource details the impact on: Families and children Homelessness The Dustbowl The 1932 Presidential Election
Bismarck and Austria 1866
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Bismarck and Austria 1866

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A quick and accessible guide to the origins and development of the Austro Prussian War and its consequences for the unification of Germany. This guide explains: Bismarck’s role in starting the war. Austria’s goals in fighting Prussia Von Moltke’s strategy for defeating Austria
Causes of the Spanish Civil War
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Causes of the Spanish Civil War

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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
President Grant and the KKK study notes
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President Grant and the KKK study notes

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These useful and accessible study notes give students a clear and straightforward understanding of Grant’s enforcement acts against the KKK. It explains: The 1870 Enforcement Act The two 1871 Enforcement Acts The KKK Whitecapping
Hitler's War Part Five: 1943-44
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Hitler's War Part Five: 1943-44

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If you’re teaching the final stages of the Second World War and you need a detailed and accessible study guide that explains the slow downfall of the Third Reich, this resource is made for you. It focuses on: The allied campaign in Italy. Strategic decisions at D-Day. The Soviet advance in Ukraine, Poland and Belarus with Operation Bagration. Hitler’s relations with Admiral Horthy of Hungary. The battles of Anzio and Montecassino. Operation Valkyrie and the plot to assassinate Hitler.