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Here is a list of courses on which I have taught. I am comfortable lecturing, leading seminars and designing/updating courses. I am happy to teach on many aspects of Modern European History, in particular: French History, the development of Nationalism, Regionalism, the development of Fascism, the Second World War, Occupation and Resistance, Cultural History, Political History, Historiography, concepts of Modernity, the development of Socialism, International Protests and the 1960s, or “les années 68”. Likewise, I have taught broadly on Imperialism and Decolonisation, both in the sense of their broader processes and in detailed case studies.

List of Courses:

HIST6402 Europe Since 1945

UCL, Level 4

I designed and delivered this year long survey module individually, including all 20 lectures and 15 seminar classes for around 60 students.

This course provides an introduction to the main political, social, cultural and economic developments in Europe from the end of World War Two to the beginning of the twenty-first century. The course combines a thematic approach with a chronological overview and is divided into four main sections: Rebuilding Europe; Cold War; Crisis Points and Challenges; Endings and Beginning.

The twenty lectures provide with a general overview, while the fifteen classes deal with more specific topics and problems of historical research. Topics covered include European Integration, the Growth of Consumerism, the formation of NATO et al. There are also more original topics studying, including 1970s Terrorism and Challenges to the Post-war Consensus, the Oil Shock and Limits to Growth and two weeks focussing on firstly Globalisation and the the Anti-Globalisation movement. The course combines a great insight into the details of the Post-war world and introduces original research to offer students new insights.

HIST1006 Writing History

UCL, Level 4

I was responsible for tutoring this inventive Methods course for First Year students which encourages students to question how they approach History. A combination of small-group and one-to-one teaching allows students to consider their writing and analytical techniques in a discursive environment. They are also allowed to work on a draft essay and respond to feedback before having their final drafts assessed formally. This teaches them how to respond to feedback effectively and invites them to meaningfully reflect on their own work in a process aimed at developing good habits that will serve them well throughout their University career and beyond.

HIL134 Imagined Communities: Regionalism in Europe

University of Chichester. Level 4.

I created, designed and delivered this module individually, including all lectures and seminars.

This module aims to introduce students to the concept of regionalism and the ways in which it has influenced politics and identity in European History in the twentieth century. It will be necessary to consider the meaning of nations and national identity, and acknowledge where regional movements have challenged this with recourse to alternative identities. We will look at the emergence of these phenomena in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

We will focus on several national case studies to illustrate theoretical discussions and demonstrate the implications of competing identities. Historical experience, shared values and common ethnicity have diversely strengthened national identity but also strengthened challenges. As such, we will look at theories of the ‘periphery’, discussing where centralized politics has strengthened the challenges to national unity, especially in the later twentieth century.

HIL243 – Vichy France: The Society, Culture and Politics of Collaboration and Resistance

University of Chichester. Level 5.

I redesigned the content of this module and delivered it personally, including all lectures and seminars.

This module considers the history of the Vichy regime and the wider French reactions to German occupation during the Second World War. The course begins by outlining the choices which the French faced during the defeat of June 1940. The responses of collaboration and resistance will be delineated and analyzed. Students will subsequently examine the critical themes and turning points which mark the era: e.g., the break-down of the Hitler-Stalin Pact; Darlan’s flight to N. Africa, women’s experiences of resistance and collaboration, and the rise in civic violence between resistance and collaborationist forces. Having examined the often controversial nature of the historiography of Vichy, the liberation and purge trials will be analyzed as a continuation of a divided France.

Many of the events described above have been subject to bitter historiographic debate. These debates underpin much of the module. Historical accounts from participants and historians will be compared. Thus, students will become familiar with the lines of argument developed by De Gaulle, Robert Aron, Robert Paxton, HR Kedward and Julian Jackson, Robert Gildea and Richard Vinen among others.

HIL231 – Fascist Ideology in Europe: 1870-1945

University of Chichester. Level 5.

I redesigned the content of this module and delivered it personally, including all lectures and seminars.

This module examines one of the most significant political ideologies of the last one hundred years. We will analyse the ideological development of fascism and its influence on European politics, taking in different case studies and contemplating the development of the ideology. We will analyse its constituent parts, looking at the influence of nationalism upon the doctrine and drawing out its enduring characteristics.

Students will examine important examples of fascist discourse and power: e.g., Fascist Italy, Francoist Spain and Nazi Germany. We will also examine moments where fascism presented a political challenge: e.g., inter-war Britain and Third Republic France. Having examined the often controversial nature of the historiography of fascism, the Second World War will be analysed as a ‘fascist moment’, and we will analyse post-war reflections on the future of fascism.

HIL126 Rethinking History: Theory and Practice

University of Chichester. Level 4.

I taught a specific week of this course focussing on ideas of Modernity.

This class will examine the concept of Modernity and how it impacts upon the writing of History. What is Modern History and how do we define it? How do we differentiate ‘Modern History’ from that of earlier ages? We will consider theories of progress and measures of identifiably ‘Modern’ phenomena. Can we attribute Modernity to Scientific progress? Political progress? Or simply chronology?
Students will be encouraged to consider the implications and importance of these definitions as well as their attendant problems, such as the notion of continuity, the challenges of perspective and the promises of the future. In Seminar discussion, we will look at competing conceptions of Modernity in the Twentieth Century, their historical importance and their relationship to contemporary historiographical debate.

PX1603: History, Memory and Culture in Europe since 1789

Brunel University London

I teach the 19th Century component of this First year survey course, covering: the French Revolution; European Revolutions of the 1820s, 1830s and 1848; the Unification of Italy and Germany; Imperialism and the First World War. I teach classes of roughly 100 students.

HST4305 – Europe Since 1890

Queen Mary, University of London. Level 4.

This course covers a broad range of twentieth century European history, introducing First Year Undergraduates to topics such as the formation of ideologies like socialism, as well as major events like the Occupation of France, the années 68 and the experience of post-war reconstruction. The course covers France, Italy, Germany and Eastern Europe.

HST4309 – Europe in a Global Context Since 1800

Queen Mary, University of London. Level 4.

This survey course introduces students to key themes in Modern European History, analysing the formation of nations and nationalism in Europe and the development of ostensibly modern political and social phenomena. This analysis emphasises the international character of European development, studying colonial transactions and the external impact of events occurring within the European context.

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