Britain Between the Wars

Ref: C3126493

Historian Arthur Marwick saw a radical transformation of British society resulting from the Great War, a deluge that swept away many old attitudes and brought in a more egalitarian society. Yet others saw the inter-war years as 'The Long Weekend', a period of dilettante decadence and national decline. We will study the period and look at the changing political, economic and social landscape that was felt as aftershocks of the Great War. We will review the emergence of the 'Workers' as the vanguard in politics and industry. The emergence of technological innovation in industry and its impact upon workers and the home. We will look at the Great Crash of 1929 and see how it led to economic depression, the rise of 'Othering' and the emergence of political conflict.

Course aim

The interwar period was a time of conflicting 'realities' - military peace, economic stagnation, political 'revolution', social immorality. We will study these contradictions, creating a coherent narrative that helps us understand these 'realities'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • identify the key social, economic and politic events of the inter-war years.
  • know and understand competing paradigms that offer alternative views of both the era and the impact it had/has on the development of British society and culture.
  • develop a cogent and coherent narrative that can be academically tested.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Britain Between the Wars


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