International School History - European Schools - S6 2 hour option

S6 2hr History Last update - 12 March 2013 Official European School History S6 Syllabus: English, French, German
Unit 1 - 1870-1914: The Age of Imperialism
Key Questions Lessons Additional materials and external links
What is imperialism? Timeline of essential events in Unit 1.

Introductory PowerPoint on Belgian imperialism.

Imperialism: an introduction - Worksheet 1

Outline of the 2 hour S6 option course.
Imperialism definitions.

Video - White King, Red Rubber, Black Death. More about the film on IMDB and the BBC Storyville website.


What were the causes and extent of European Imperialism? Lecture - Worksheet 2  'Outline of New Imperialism' and notemaking sheet to be completed.

PowerPoint from the lesson.


Explanation  of the causes of imperialism from Culpin and Henig.

Videos shown in the lesson.
Extract from Zulu illustrating importance of new technology in warfare
Extract from Livingstone and Stanley - 1939 movie with Spencer Tracy

Further reading - 'Colonial conflicts and rivalries' - Woolfson and Laver
Further reading - 'Explanations of Imperialism' - John Lowe

BBC documentary series, examining explorers of the Congo, Australia and the Arctic. Beautifully filmed.


What happened in the Congo? An introduction to document work. Congo case study document work - Worksheet 3 and self-evaluation to be completed.

Short video extract from Racism A History (Part 3)

Video - White King, Red Rubber, Black Death.

More about the film on IMDB and the BBC Storyville website.

Adam Hochschild's outstanding history on Leopold and the Congo, King Leopold's Ghost.

Three part BBC documentary video on the history of racism. Episodes 2 and 3 are particularly relevant to imperialism.

BBC documentary on colonialism in Namibia and the first genocide of the 20th century.


How can we reach judgements about the legacy of imperialism? Colonialism - towards a balance sheet worksheet 4 Hobsbawm on the impact of imperialism
The Independent - Belgium confronts its heart of darkness
BBC - On the legacy in the Congo
L.A. Times - On the lessons of the Congo


Why did the Franco-Prussian War mark such a significant turning point in European History?


Franco-Prussian War worksheet 5 John Lowe extract on the international situation after 1871.
What were the strengths and weaknesses of the great powers of Europe before 1914? Worksheet 6 and table to be completed. Website made by my students in 2001 to show the situation in Europe before the First World War.

Great War documentary video - Episode 1. The classic 1960s series gives an excellent country-by-country overview of Europe before 1914.


What were the tensions between the great powers before 1900? Walsh pp. 4-7 GCSE Modern World History

Worksheet 7

The brilliant John D Clare provides an excellent GCSE perspective with recommended links for further research.

Video on the state of European nations before 1914 and the causes of the war.


What were the medium-term causes of WWI? Walsh pp. 8-10 GCSE Modern World History

Worksheet 8


The First World War
10 part, 2003 Channel 4 documentary series covers all aspects of the war.
What were the short term causes of WWI? Days that Shook the World video on the assassination of Franz Ferdinand.

The John D Clare worksheet 9 on the causes of the war.

Causes of World War 1 quiz - beginners and advanced. Wikipedia provides a very detailed account of the July Crisis.

Blackadder and Horrible Histories explain the causes of the First World War - videos


How can we link long and short-term causes of the war? Causes of World War 1 mind mapping exercise (worksheet 10).

Walsh pp. 8-11 GCSE Modern World History

The Corner website offers a very clear outline of major themed causes of the war. 
See Wikipedia on the complex causes of WWI, includes historiography.
A clever narrative at
Dr Gary Sheffield at the BBC wins my vote by starting with a quote from Baldrick.


B Test 1

Wednesday 17h October 2012

How can we learn the causes of the Imperialism and the First World War?

Timeline of essential events in Unit 1. Only facts on these sheets will be covered in part one (factual recall) of the test.
John D Clare's quiz Mnemonics
Podcasts An interactive spider diagram
SchoolHistory lesson or quiz BBC Bitesize
Mark Steel's amusing quiz  
Revision advice and Quiz or try all 45 questions against the clock.



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