OCR GCSE History: War and British Society c.790 to c.2010

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A2:3 War and British Society c.790 to c.2010

This British thematic study focuses on the relationship between war and society over a long period of British history, c790 to c.2010. This includes a broad sweep of time which covers the impact of different types of warfare (including defence from invasion, conquest and civil war).

c.790–c.1500

  • Viking raids on Anglo-Saxon England 790–1066: impact of the raids; responses to the raids.
  • The Norman Conquest: English resistance; the establishment of Norman control under William I; the establishment of the Feudal system; the extent of the impact of the changes introduced by the Normans on different levels of society.
  • Feudal society c.1100–1215: feudal relationship between monarchs and barons; breakdowns in the relationship under Stephen 1135–1154 and John 1214–1216.
  • Significance of war in medieval society c.1290–c.1450: changing nature of war and its effects; development and adaptation of feudal service; financial cost of war; impact on populations where armies fought or were stationed.

c.1500–c.1750

  • Elizabeth I’s wars with Spain in Europe and in the new world, their impact on the prestige and power of the monarch and relations with Parliament; the actions of English privateers, including their impact on the security, economy and the people of England.
  • Warfare on the English-Scottish borders and its impact on border society c.1500–c.1600.
  • The Civil Wars of 1642–1651 in England, Scotland and Ireland: the nature of these wars; their impact on the people of England, Scotland and Ireland.
  • The Jacobite Wars 1715 and 1745: the impact on Scotland of the repression of the Jacobites.

c.1750–c.2010

  • Imperial wars in the 18th and early 19th centuries: gains made in Seven Years War (1756–1763) and their effects on Britain.
  • Wars against Revolutionary / Napoleonic France and subsequent effects on British society and politics.
  • Imperial conflicts in the second half of the 19th century: effects of the Crimean War; Boer Wars 1880–1881 and 1899–1902.
  • The First and Second World Wars: the beginnings of ‘total war’, including the impact on people’s lives, increased state power and the changing relationship between the state and the people.
  • Post-1945 conflicts – impacts and popular responses: Cold War and Britain in the 1950s and 1960s; IRA campaigns 1969–1994; the Iraq War 2003; terrorist threats and countermeasures post-2003.

Historic Environment: Kenilworth Castle

  • As a military installation for defence
  • As a military installation to maintain power over the population
  • As a site used by rulers and/or rebels in times of civil war, rebellion or protest
  • As a residence for elites
  • As a political and administrative centre

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  • L6 Press Release Stamford Bridge (pdf)
  • L4 Info Hunt Posters (pdf)
  • L59 9-11 Consequences Wall Info (pdf)
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  • L36 Trench Diagram To Label (pdf)
  • L43 Women Sources (pptx)
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  • L40 Weapon Chart (pptx)
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  • L37 Life In The Trenches (pdf)
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  • L40 Weapons Card Sort (pub)
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  • L18 Glorious Revolution And The Military Campaigns In Ireland (pdf)
  • L29 Oliver Cromwell 6 Hats Activity (pdf)
  • L4 Edward And Harold Relationship Chart (docx)
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  • L42- Women And War Work Homework (pdf)
  • L7 Why Did William Win The Battle Of Hastings (pdf)
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  • L53 Module 4 Atomic Bomb Student Handout Lower Ability 1 (pdf)
  • L59 9 11 Consequences Chart (pdf)
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  • L48 The Blitz Homework (pdf)
  • L59 Flight 93 Trailer 2006 (mp4)
  • L32 Glorious Revolution And The Military Campaigns In Ireland (pdf)
  • L8 Motte And Bailey Castle Diagram (pdf)
  • L40 Weapon Chart (pdf)
  • L29 Oliver Cromwell 6 Hats Activity (doc)
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  • L44 Room Sources (pdf)
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  • L43 Women Sources (pdf)
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  • L6 Press Release Stamford Bridge (docx)
  • L37 Life In The Trenches (doc)
  • L8 Control By Castle Key (pdf)
  • L29 Cromwell Sources (pdf)
  • L4 Info Hunt Posters (docx)
  • L18 Source Sheet (pptx)
  • L8 Control By Castle Overall Geographical Location Worksheet (pdf)
  • L6 Stamford Bridge 1066 (mp4)
  • L30 Return Of The King (doc)
  • L22 Charles I Slips Into Civil War (pdf)
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  • L28 What Should Happen To Charles I (pptx)
  • L3 Anglo-Saxon Hierarchy Diagram (docx)
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  • L47 Rationing (doc)
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  • L51 Went The Day Well- 1942 Trailer (mp4)
  • L40 Weapons Card Sort (pdf)
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  • L11 Archbishop Of Canterbury Stigand (docx)
  • L42 Women And War Work Homework (doc)
  • L54 Why Were The West And Russia Interested In Iran And Iraq (pptx)
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  • L27 New Model Army And Political Radicalism (docx)
  • L59 9-11 Consequences Wall Info (docx)
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  • L3 An Exploration Of An Anglo Saxon Village (mp4)
  • L23 Ranking The Causes Of The Civil War Student Sheet (pdf)
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  • L29 Cromwell Hero Or Villain Interpretation (wmv)
  • L45 Home Front Preparations (ppt)
  • L18 Glorious Revolution And The Military Campaigns In Ireland (docx)
  • L24 Battle Of Edgehill (ppt)
  • L48 The Blitz Homework (doc)
  • L10 Revolt Of The Earls (pptx)
  • L31 Jacobite Rebellions (pdf)
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  • L8- How William The Conquerer Secured Power After 1066 History The Norman Conquest (mp4)
  • L10 The Feudal System Diagram (doc)
  • L18 Information Sheet (pdf)
  • L31 Jacobite Rebellions 3 Minute History (mp4)
  • L25 New Model Army How Significant (wmv)
  • L24 Civil War Battles (doc)
  • L24 Edgehill (wmv)
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  • L49 The Blitz 1940-41 (mp4)
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  • L9 The Causes And Outcomes Of Anglo Saxon Resistance (docx)
  • L19 Increasing Tension With Spain Chart (docx)
  • L19 Elizabeth I And The Netherlands (docx)
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  • L31 Jacobite Rebellions (docx)
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  • L35 The Napoleonic War (pdf)
  • L18 Change And Continuity Of Medieval Warfare (pptx)
  • L22- Causes Of The English Civil War (pptx)
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  • L1 And 2 Viking Attacks On England (pdf)
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