Depression, War and Recovery; Britain 1931-1951
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Depression, War and Recovery; Britain 1931-1951

The remarkable story of Britain from pre-war to post-war
3.7 (39 ratings)
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1,304 students enrolled
Created by Thomas Rogers
Last updated 4/2016
Price: Free
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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

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!

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!
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
An introduction: What will you be learning?
1 Lecture 02:14

An outline of the key course learning outcomes 

An introduction to Britain 1931-1951
Britain in depression 1931-1939
7 Lectures 53:37

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

The Depression in Britain

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

Were there "two Britain's" in the 1930's?

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

The policies of the National Government

Tutorial explaining the origin and application of the means test.

The Means Test

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

The social impact of the depression

Tutorial explaining the story behind the Jarrow Crusade.

The Jarrow Crusade

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

Entertainment and Sport
Britain at war 1939-1945
10 Lectures 01:19:20
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.

Appeasement in the 1930's

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

Britain's preparation for World War Two

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

Rationing in Britain during World War Two

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

Evacuation in Britain during World War Two

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

Britain at War 1939-1940

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.

The Blitz 1940-1941

QUIZ: The Blitz 1940-1941

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

The role and significance of Winston Churchill

QUIZ: The significance of Churchill
Post War Britain 1945-1951
3 Lectures 19:06
The 1945 election and the birth of the welfare state

Post-war nationalisation

Were Labour successful between 1945 and 1951?
About the Instructor
Thomas Rogers
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Global Educator and Trainer

I'm Tom 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 took up the role of Head of History at O Castro British International School in Vigo, 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. The second event took place in April 2017 in the same city with the third scheduled for April 2018. 

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 in the last academic year. My youtube channel supports students to achieve their academic goals and has accrued 50,000 views. I am followed by more than 6000 educators (and others) on twitter.

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.