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History: An Introduction to Historiography: The Cold War by Mark Seddon, The University of Sheffield

20th June 2014 @ 12:05 - 12:50

Mark Seddon, a PhD student in Sheffield’s Department of History, will discuss the origins and development of the Cold War to introduce Historiography to students. This is of particular relevance to Year 12 History and Politics students who are, or will soon be, studying how historians interpret major events.

By the end of this session students will have an understanding of:

– how historians have defined the Cold War.

– the difference between the traditional, revisionist and post-revisionist interpretations of the Cold War.

– how historians have sought to ‘globalise’ the Cold War by moving away from focusing solely on the USA and USSR’s role in the conflict.

– the different strands of Cold War history, e.g. cultural, social, political.

– how historians are influenced by the time period in which they write.

The session will also complement the various A-level courses that cover the Cold War and will encourage students to consider how our understanding of the topic has changed over time.

Furthermore, the session will provide an opportunity for students to take part in a university-style seminar in which they can discuss their ideas with one another.

Suitable for: Year 12

Preparation/Pre-reading: There is no preparation/pre-reading required.


20th June 2014
12:05 - 12:50
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