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The Latest Articles from Modern History Review Review

Modern History Review, April 2023

The French Revolution: what was its impact on Britain and Ireland? This article looks into British and Irish responses, both radical and loyalist, to the French Revolution.

Louis XIV: absolutism, dynasticism and statecraft: This article explores the importance of ‘limited absolutism’ and dynasticism in the statecraft of Louis XIV.

Document: the 1975 Helsinki Accords: What was the significance of this agreement in encouraing peaceful international relations?

Timeline: scramble for Africa: Find out about Europe’s rapid colonisation of Africa from the 1880s.

Terror in the French Revolution: What led to the ‘Terror’ in the years following the French Revolution?

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: What was the significance of the SNCC in the 1960s?

Exam skills: using mind maps: How to get the most out of using mind maps in your studies.

The effects of the Great Depression on the UK’s overseas trade: This article ecamines the effects of the Depression on British overseas trade and the economic policies implemented in response. This article will help your revision of the changing political and economic environment and the post-war crisis and recovery.

Online sources: easy access to academic research: Links to some helpful websites set up by the University of Glasgow.

Next steps: work experience: What are the benefits of gaining work exprience?

Modern History Review, February 2023

The global Seven Years’ War (1756-63): This article looks at the international origins of the Seven Years’ War, its empire-building ambitions, and how it established a blueprint for further conflicts.

Object: British railway posters: How did railway posters encourage holidaymaking in Britain?

John Brown’s raid: the raid on Harpers Ferry and the build-up to the Civil War: This article explores the significance of John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry, which is often credited with hastening the start of America’s Civil War. Why did tjos ill-conceived attack have so much impact?

Exam skills: answering turning-point questions: Learn the principles behind effective answers to turning-point questions. Turning-point questions turn up frequently on A-level history exam papers. A turning point is an event located in a ‘long’ period of time (usually at least 100 years) that leads to measurable change.

Timeline: Napoleon and Russia: Napoleon’s complex battles with Russia and the effects on other countries are charted below.

Understanding diversity in Tudor music: Moorish culture at court: This article considers the importance of courtly music in Tudor times and the role of the Moorish instrumentalist John Blanke.

Document: Defence of the Seven Sacraments: What was the significance of this religious treatise?

The Russian attack on Ukraine: a historical background: The war in Ukraine is not just a response to the expansion of NATO or an attempt to reverse the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Some of the reasons like in the more distant past. This article explores the historical roots.

Next steps: preparing for university assessments: A look at the different methods of assessment in university history courses.

The Thirty Years’ War (1618-48): Europe’s last ‘war of religion’? The Thirty Years’ War was the most destructive war in European history before the twentieth century. It almost tore apart the Holy Roman Empire and has been described as the continent’s last religious war. This article provides an overview of the war and examines whether this is an accurate description.

Online sources: Seventeen Moments in Soviet History: A look at a comprehensive website dedicates to aspects of Soviet history.

Modern History Review, November 2022

The rise of the New Right in America: What caused the political shift from left to right in America in the 1960s and 70s?

Next steps: careers for history graduates: Why is a history degree so valuable in today’s labour market?

The War of 1898: How did the War of 1898 transform the United States from a regional empire in the Western Hemisphere to a global empire with colonies in the Pacific and Caribbean?

Exam skills: dealing with historical concepts: change and continuity, similarity and difference: Learn how to better grasp these concepts to give your exam answers an edge.

Timeline: 1968: Discover the events of 1968, one of the most turbulent years in a turbulent century.

Nationalism and the fall of the Habsburg Empire: Did the multilingual and multiethnic nature of the Habsburg Empire condemn it to failure?

Document: Special Field Order 15: What was William Sherman’s solution to settling thousands of refugees that had followed the Union cause?

Relieving the ancient kingdom? The Jacobite rebellion of 1715: The Jacobite rising of 1715 might have ended the political union of England and Scotland long before the recent rise of a Scottish independence movement.

New Labour between the United States and Europe: This article explores key changes New Labour introduced to British politics and discusses the UK’s foreign policy towards the EU and United States. This article supports your unit on Britain transformed, 1918-97 and is followed by an exam focus which looks at how you can use it in your exam.

Object: air conditioning: How has air conditioning transformed modern life?

Online sources: the Garibaldi panorama: Discover a personalised history of Garibaldi using Brown University’s digital panorama.

Modern History Review, September 2022

Henry VII’s challenges: the end of the Wars of the Roses: This article reconsiders Henry’s reign and his success in dealing with the challenges facing him during his rule.

Next steps: what is local history? Find out how you can get started exploring the history of your local area.

The Russian Revolution in art, 1900-30: How did Russian artists in the early twentieth century respond to one of the most turbulent periods in their country’s history?

Exam skills: preparing for final exams: revision, review and recall: Understand how revision, review and recall are linked, and how mastering them separately is key to successful exam preparation.

Timeline: reform acts: Since the door to reform was opened in 1832, the British electorate has changed dramatically. Track the crucial legislation. This article supports your unit on Britain transformed, 1918-97.

Power dressing: clothing and masculinity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: What can men’s dress divulge about the changing perceptions of masculinity in the Georgian and Victorian periods?

Document: ‘peace for our time’: What value does Chamberlain’s ‘peace for our time’ declaration have as a historical source? This article supports your unit on Britain transformed, 1918-1997.

The Great Leap Forward: mass mobilisation in Mao’s China: In January 1958, Mao Zedong launched the Great Leap Forward: why was it started, what were its objectives and did it mark Mao’s downfall?

Object: salt: Explore the long history of salt and its links to the Atlantic slave trade.

Universities, science and ‘national decline’ in Britain, 1945-70: How did the place of universities in British society change following the Second World War? This article supports your unit on Britain transformed, 1918-97.

Online sources: university league tables: League tables vary wildly in their rankings for universities. Why are they so different, and should you pay them much attention when choosing where to study?