Friday, 15 August 2014

History A Level

Yesterday, I and hundreds of thousands of other students collected our A and AS Level results. In honour of this momentous occasion here is a blog about the most popular history AS Level topics.

Joseph Stalin
1. The most popular history AS Level topic is The Russian Dictatorship (1855 to 1992), which includes the rule of Joseph Stalin.
Martin Luther King
2. The Civil Rights in the USA (1865-1992) is a close second, which covers the women suffragettes and the Black Civil Rights Movement.
Adolf Hitler
3. Dictatorship & Democracy in Germany (1933-1963) was chosen by 19% of A-level history departments. I learnt about Nazi Germany at GCSE so opted not to do this course at school, but it is estimated that 80% of students take Nazi Germany for A Level.
4. Fourth on the list is the Mid-Tudor Crises (1536-1569), taught by 14% of those surveyed. This is the period of English history between the death of Henry VIII and Mary Tudor when English government and society were in imminent danger of collapse. Next year part of my history course will cover this period of history, so I am very excited to be able to blog in fuller detail on it in the near future!
Winston Churchill
5. Next up is Winston Churchill, the seminal British prime minister during the second world war. 13% of schools opted to teach about the Pol Roger-supping Blenheim Palace visitor. 
Henry VIII
6. I studied Rebellion and Disorder Under the Tudors (1485-1603), including topics such as factions, succession, religion and famine. I absolutely loved learning about the Tudors and would highly recommend it to anyone struggling to pick their A Level topic!
A woman looks at portraits of Britain's King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, displayed together for the first time in nearly 500 years, at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Discovered in Lambeth Palace, the portrait of Catherine of Aragon had been painted over with a picture of the King's last wife Catherine Parr but experts suspected that there may be more to the picture due to similarities with other known paintings of Catherine of Aragon.  After work by the National Portrait Gallery's restoration team, the painting is being displayed in the Henry and Catherine Reunited exhibition from today.
7. Henry VIII and Mary I (1509–58) hit the list at number seven. Mary, or “Bloody Mary” as she was known thanks to her murderous rule, was the daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon.
1918 end of the first world war
8. Democracy & Dictatorship in Germany (1919-1963) was taught in 11% of schools. Unlike number three on the top 10, this option also covers the period after the first world war. 
Marie Antoinette
9. In at ninth place is the Origins and Course of the French Revolution (1774-1795). This focuses on the accession of Louis XVI, husband of Queen Marie Antoinette, to the overthrow of the constitutional monarchy in 1792. 
William Pitt
10. From Pitt to Peel (1783-1846). This unit, taught in 10% of schools, looks at William Pitt’s dominance of British politics.