Depression, War and Recovery; Britain 1931-1951

The remarkable story of Britain from pre-war to post-war
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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


  • 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 this course is for:

  • 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!

Course content

4 sections21 lectures2h 34m total length
  • An introduction to Britain 1931-1951


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

I started my professional teaching career as a High School teacher in 2007 and went on to become a Head of Department in 2013. In September 2016, I took up the role of Head of History at O Castro British International School in Vigo, Spain. In January 2019, I became an assistant headteacher for teaching and learning. I'm now back in the UK.

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, the third in April 2018 and the latest in April 2019. The "teachmeet icons" franchise has now expanded to include Maths, English, Science and Geography strands, becoming one of the most significant grassroots teacher movements in the UK.

I currently write a 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 100,000 views. I am followed by more than 30,000 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.