Britain 1870-1914 Part 2

Ref: C3743041

This period saw the beginning of the end of Britain's economic supremacy. It saw expansion of the Empire but also challenges to Britain's Imperial power. There were political changes and constitutional crises at home. Events in Europe led to the outbreak of war in 1914. This class will study those themes over the period 1870-1914, with particular reference to the Liberal government of 1906-1914, the British in Egypt, the Sudan and South Africa, and the events of summer 1914 leading to Britain's entry into the war.

Course aim

To introduce students to the principal themes and events in British political history, in the British Empire, and in European affairs in the period leading up to the outbreak of the First World War.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with an interest in British history who would like to improve their knowledge of this period.

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

  • Briefly describe the constitutional crisis of 1909-1911
  • Identify the principal events in British imperial history in this period
  • Describe the events leading up to Britain's entry into the war in August 1914

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
  • Resources will be suggested for students who wish to undertake further work in their own time, but there is no requirement to do so.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • Students are encouraged to ask questions and to participate in discussion to check their understanding and to expand their knowledge of the topics studied. Feedback will be informal and delivered as part of the discussion process.

What else do I need to know?

  • Students who wish to take notes will need to bring suitable writing materials.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre-course work is required. Resources will be suggested during the course for students who wish to carry out further work.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Students may wish to undertake further reading or research, or to apply what they have learned in other areas of study, for example local or family history research.

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Britain 1870-1914 Part 2


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