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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.
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
Causes of the Russian Revolution Part One
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Causes of the Russian Revolution Part One

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This resource is essential at the start of any study of the Russian revolution as it outlines the chaotic nature of Russia in the late 19th Century and the weaknesses of the Tsarist regime. It comes with a source based question at the end and is the first in a series of lesson guides on the revolution.
Georgian and Victorian Crime and Punishment
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Georgian and Victorian Crime and Punishment

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This resource explains how crime and punishment changed in the 18th and 19th Centuries, along with the development of towns and cities. It focuses on: The development of prisons The practice of transportation to Australia Victorian views on the poor and the ‘criminal classes’
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
Lincoln, emancipation and reconstruction study notes
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Lincoln, emancipation and reconstruction study notes

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

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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.
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.
Russia and the First World War
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Russia and the First World War

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How did the Tsar of Russia lead his country to defeat, disaster and revolution? Access these clear and detailed lesson study notes to give your students precise subject knowledge to support their learning.
Jim Crow Study Guide
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Jim Crow Study Guide

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This accessible and detailed resource details: The origins of the Jim Crow laws The culture of Jim Crow in the south The role of churches and science in enabling segregation Examples of discrimination and segregation Plessy vs Ferguson 1896
Great Leap Forward Study Guide 1958-62
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Great Leap Forward Study Guide 1958-62

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This accessible and simple study guide takes the complexities of Mao’s Great Leap Forward and the resulting famine and makes it straightforward for students to engage with. It covers: Mao’s motivation Ideology Disputes with the USSR Beliefs about the peasants Communalisation Backyard furnaces Use of the railways Mao’s Famine
McCarthyism Study Guide
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McCarthyism Study Guide

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This accessible and detailed set of study notes explores: The context of McCarthyism McCarthy vs George Marshall The rise of McCarthy McCarthy’s Wheeling speech McCarthy, Truman and Eisenhower McCarthy and the Army McCarthy’s downfall
Mao's seizure of power 1949 study guide
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Mao's seizure of power 1949 study guide

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This accessible and detailed resource explores the fall of China’s nationalist Kuomintang government and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. It examines: The siege of Changchun The fall of Manchuria Mao’s declaration of the PRC Reasons for Chiang Kai Shek’s defeat The KMT retreat to Taiwan
The Nazi Soviet Pact Study Guide
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The Nazi Soviet Pact Study Guide

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This is an accessible and detailed set of study notes on the August 1939 pact between Hitler and Stalin. It examines: Hitler’s motivations Stalin’s purges and the weak position it left the USSR in The secret clause to divide Poland The problems the pact made for western countries
The end of the USSR
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The end of the USSR

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Clear and concise study notes that show learners in an accessible way what the economic, social and political pressures on the USSR in the late 1980s were. It clarifies misconceptions about Gorbachev and the last days of communism and explains: Perestroika - Meaning reform or reconstruction Glasnost - Meaning ‘openness’ Khozraschyot - Meaning accounting or profit.
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
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.
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