Component 1: Breadth Study – The Tudors: England, 1485-1547
The Tudors course allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period considering how the Tudors restored and developed the powers of the monarchy, how England was governed during this period, relations with foreign powers, society and the economy, intellectual and religious changes and how important key groups and individuals were to the Tudor period.
Part one: consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England, 1485-1547
Students will look at the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII. Themes will be their consolidation of power, their character and aims, the system of government, relationships with Scotland and other foreign powers, society, the economy and religion.
Component 2: Depth Study – Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1933
The depth study looks at a period of German history during which a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial regime. It explores political concepts such as ‘left’ and ‘right’, nationalism, liberalism as well as ideological concepts such as racialism, anti-Semitism and Social Darwinism. It also encourages reflection on how governments work and the problems of democratic states as well as consideration of what creates and sustains a dictatorship.
Part one: the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933
Students will look at how the Weimar Republic was established and the problems of the early years up to 1924. They will also cover the Golden Age looking at economic, political and social developments and finally the collapse of democracy between 1928 and 1933 which saw the rise of the Nazis.