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Living graph on Stalin\'s reputation

Ever thought of asking your A2 students to create  a living graph of the reputation of Stalin? It would be a great way of dealing with interpretations. You know the sort of thing:

1953 Body embalmed

1956 Condemned by Khrushchev for carrying out ‘mass repressions’

1961 Stalin’s body interred in Kremlin

1965 20th anniversary of VE day Brezhnev proclaimed [...]

New primary history curriculum

Well, we now know what we will be teaching in terms of history after 2011. I am not sure it makes pretty reading. What Rose has served up lacks coherence and a proper framework for developing worthwhile historical understanding. By removing prescription he has taken away the whole design of the history curriculum. What we [...]

History and the new government

As election fever rises, it is worth considering the position of school history. In a month where the University of Sussex cut its teaching of pre-1900 European history in response to the Mandelson axe, we cannot feel safe in  Labour hands. What about life under the Tories. We know Michael Gove’s views on history. We [...]