Depression, War and Recovery; Britain 1931-1951

The remarkable story of Britain from pre-war to post-war
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

This course leads you on a unique learning journey through some of the most eventful years in Britain's entire history. From the hunger strikes of the 1930's to the Blitz of the 1940's to the establishment of the welfare state by the 1950's, this course covers it all. 

Each video lecture contains a detailed analysis of each event within its historical context - this is not just a regurgitation of well known facts. The course explores some lesser known incidents in depth such as the Jarrow Crusade or the post war Nationalisation of major industry. Through quizzes and other suggested activities, there is also the opportunity to assess your own learning as you go. The course will take between 2 and 3 hours to complete in its entirety. 

I'm passionate about this period of History being British myself and I know that I bring that enthusiasm for this incredibly interesting period into each section of the course. I look forward to welcoming you as a new student!

What are the requirements?

  • It may help to have some contextual understanding of the world in 1931 and particularly the Wall Street Crash in the United States
  • The course is suitable and accessible for anyone from beginner to intermediate to expert
  • There are no additional software requirements - all external links are free and open access

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Appreciate the key social, political and economic changes that made modern Britain
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of the depression on British people in the 1930's
  • Explore the role of key individuals in shaping Britain in this period including Stanley Baldwin, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and Clement Atlee
  • Understand the reasons for Britain's policy of appeasement and why they eventually declared war on Germany
  • Analyse sources from the time period and use them to investigate further
  • Understand the impact of WW2 on the British people
  • Develop an understanding of how government measures like evacuation and rationing changed Britain
  • Discover how Britain was transformed in 1945
  • Learn about the birth of the NHS

Who is the target audience?

  • Do you want to develop your knowledge and understanding of British History in this period?
  • Do you want to learn new skills in source analysis and evaluation?
  • Do you want to be able to explain the key changes that happened in Britain between 1931 and 1951?
  • If you answered "yes" to any of those - this course is for you!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: An introduction: What will you be learning?

An outline of the key course learning outcomes 

Section 2: Britain in depression 1931-1939

An introduction to the depression of the early 1930's and how it hit Britain hard


Asking the question - was Britain a divided nation in the 1930's?


An exploration of the policies of the National Government, a coalition government in Britain from 1931 onwards.


Tutorial explaining the origin and application of the means test.


Tutorial examining how the depression impacted on the standard of living in many areas of Britain


Tutorial explaining the story behind the Jarrow Crusade.


Tutorial outlining the role of entertainment and sport in peoples lives during the depression in Britain.

Section 3: Britain at war 1939-1945
An introduction to Britain during WW2

Examining the reasons for and outcomes of Britain's appeasement policy.

See the attached file for some primary sources from the time showing the different attitudes towards appeasement in 1930's Britain. You might want to try and complete the task sheet too.


Lecture examining the key steps taken by Britain in preparation for war with Germany.


A detailed look at the different rations provided to the British people during the war years.


A look at the reasons for and impact of evacuation on the evacuees and those who took them in.


A detailed analysis of the first year of WW2 for Britain.


An evaluation of the impact of the German bombing campaign on Britain.

Find attached lecture notes detailing the impact of the Blitz on the British cities; Manchester, Coventry, Liverpool and London.

QUIZ: The Blitz 1940-1941

A detailed look at the life and times of Winston Churchill.

QUIZ: The significance of Churchill
Section 4: Post War Britain 1945-1951
The 1945 election and the birth of the welfare state
Post-war nationalisation
Were Labour successful between 1945 and 1951?

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Instructor Biography

Thomas Rogers, Global Educator and Trainer

I'm Thomas Rogers, a passionate and experienced educator from the UK.

I started my professional teaching career as a High School teacher in 2008 and, at the age of 28, went on to become a Head of Department in one of the highest performing schools in the North West of England in 2013. In September 2016, I will take up the role of Head of History at O Castro International School in Spain.

I have founded, organised and co-hosted #TMHistoryIcons, the only national TeachMeet for History teachers in the UK. Its inaugural meeting took place in March 2016 in Chester and was attended by more than 100 teachers. I currently write a weekly column for the TES, the largest educational publication in the UK. 

I am the director of RogersHistory, an online educational platform which was used by more than 100 schools and 1000 students last academic year.

I try to bring my passion for teaching and learning into all my Udemy courses. The way in which my courses are planned reflects my current professional role and subject expertise. 

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