o To what extent did popular rebellions pose a serious threat to the Tudor monarchy in the years 1485 to 1603?
o How far did the strength of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century depend on the ability of individual sultans?
Questions might be directed to a narrow period but invite contrasts and comparisons over the broader 100+ year context. In such enquiries, while there would be a strong focus on the identified period, students would be able to reflect back to what had gone before and forward to other developments that occurred.
o Within the context of the period 1750 to 1850, how serious was the danger of a revolution occurring in Britain in the years 1789 to 1822?
o Within the context of the years 1815 to 1917, to what extent did the emancipation of the serfs by Alexander II in 1861 create more problems than it solved?
o Within the context of the period 1848 to 1948, how far is it true to say that most European powers adopted imperialist policies in the years 1871 to 1914?
How will you be marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta being signed at Runnymede? What would Britain be like today without it? What no citizenship rights – freedom of speech, assembly, no arrest without a warrant!