History A-level Webinars

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Have you ever thought about what history smells like? Can a State’s constitution be fatally flawed? And how does Black British history play a part in the Black Lives Matter movement?

The History Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, invites you to participate in our second live webinar and YouTube lecture series designed for Year 12 and 13 students in schools and sixth form colleges.

The sessions address topics on the AQA, OCR and Edexcel A-Level curricula, but our experts take students to the next level, explain new research and offer a taste of how we, at Goldsmiths, teach and bring these historical periods to life.

To sign up (individual and class books are accepted) for our live webinars, please use the booking links below, in the descriptions for each session. These webinars are being run in cooperation with our partner, Channel Talent.

To receive the pre-recorded Crusades film released in September, please contact us directly. All queries about the film and webinars should be addressed to history-admissions (@gold.ac.uk). We look forward to hearing from you.

Autumn 2021

Why did Germans vote for Hitler?

Wednesday 20 October, 12noon-1pm
Professor Alexander Watson
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On 30 January 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany, the first fateful step in the creation of a totalitarian nazi dictatorship. Although backroom deals with political elites brought Hitler his chancellorship, it was the nazis’ extraordinary electoral successes that made possible their rise to power. Since July 1932, when an absolute majority of Germans had voted for anti-democratic parties on the right and left and nearly 14 million, 37 per cent of the electorate, had voted nsdap, Hitler's party had become by far the most popular in Germany. This webinar draws on new research to explore why germans voted for Hitler. It examines how religion, class and unemployment shaped the constituencies which supported the nazis, and it also reconstructs how propaganda, passions and a polarised ‘culture war’ brought about Hitler's rise, birthing a new age of extremes.

Why did alternatives to appeasement fail? British foreign policy, 1935-39

Wednesday 3 November, 12.45pm-1.45pm
Professor Richard Grayson
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In popular narratives of why Britain went to war in 1939, prime minister Neville Chamberlain and his allies are seen as 'guilty men'. They are said to have recklessly taken Hitler's assurances at face value, ignored the need for rapid rearmament, and rejected opportunities for an international alliance against Hitler. Central to this narrative is a view that people such as Winston Churchill consistently put forward alternatives to appeasement that could, and should, have been adopted. Research over the past twenty years has pointed to a range of alternatives that were not pursued. This webinar will examine why the alternatives were not adopted, whether the anti-appeasers actually held to consistent positions, and how far the cases of anti-appeasers were themselves problematic.

Tryst with destiny: the path to independence in India

Wednesday 17 November, 2.15pm-3.15pm
Dr Erica Wald
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On 15 August 1947, India and Pakistan achieved their independence from Britain, ending nearly 200 years of British rule on the subcontinent. Independence, with partition, was the result of many years of hard-fought struggles and came at enormous cost to both newly independent countries. This webinar examines the rise of Indian nationalism, tracing its trajectory from an elite-led group to a mass movement. It considers the global political and economic factors which shaped both nationalist demands and British response.

The unexpected history of the pink pound

Wednesday 1 December, 4.15pm-5.15pm
Dr Justin Bengry
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In the 1970s and 1980s an increasing variety of openly gay-oriented newspapers, magazines, clubs, and bars appeared, but it was not until the 1990s that terms like the ‘pink pound’, ‘pink dollar’, or ‘pink economy’ gained a foothold in marketing texts and everyday language. And yet, a longer history remains untold. In this talk based on a decade of research into the history of the pink pound, dr Justin Bengry uncovers more than a century of evidence that shows how business has been fascinated with LGBTQ people. Whether appealing to or condemning inverts and sapphists, 'evil men' or those with 'Bulgarian tendencies', history shows us that long before pride sponsorships and glossy magazines capitalism and homosexuality have been intertwined.