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James W.

£24 - £28 /hr

History (Doctorate) - Bristol University

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About me

I am a PhD student in History at the university of Bristol and have an interest in modern British and world history,anything from 1750 onwards, but although not where my specialism is, I can and often do go earlier. My undergraduate degree was a joint honours, Ancient History and History, so Classics is an abiding interest and was my first way into history. I come from a family of teachers, with both my father and Sister teaching in high schools. I have worked with school parties at a museum, taught chess to primary school students, and remember all to well tutoring my friends in High school through GCSE History. Sessions The structure and guidance behind sessions is up to you. This could mean focusing on content or understanding in history, or it could be focused on historical skills, answering questions, writing essays, source analysis etc. 

I am a PhD student in History at the university of Bristol and have an interest in modern British and world history,anything from 1750 onwards, but although not where my specialism is, I can and often do go earlier. My undergraduate degree was a joint honours, Ancient History and History, so Classics is an abiding interest and was my first way into history. I come from a family of teachers, with both my father and Sister teaching in high schools. I have worked with school parties at a museum, taught chess to primary school students, and remember all to well tutoring my friends in High school through GCSE History. Sessions The structure and guidance behind sessions is up to you. This could mean focusing on content or understanding in history, or it could be focused on historical skills, answering questions, writing essays, source analysis etc. 

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About my sessions

I try to make my sessions as interactive as possible, asking the student questions about the content. I have found that students tend to understand something best when they try and explain it to someone else. 

I try to make my sessions as interactive as possible, asking the student questions about the content. I have found that students tend to understand something best when they try and explain it to someone else. 

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Maaria Parent from Iverley

30 Aug, 2018

Excellent tutor. Helped my son a great deal (and he ended up with an A* in the end!)

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Belma Parent from London

21 Apr, 2018

He explains everything well and makes sure to correct any mistakes.

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Belma Parent from London

26 Nov, 2017

Explains everything in details, very good teacher.

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Belma Parent from London

12 Nov, 2017

James did very well, he explains all the points in detail. At the same time, he also corrects any errors I might make, or have made. and never rushes you and lets you work at your own pace.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
HistoryA-level (A2)A
ClassicsA-level (A2)B
English LiteratureA-level (A2)A*
Ancient History and HistoryDegree (Bachelors)FIRST
HistoryDegree (Masters)MERIT

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrice
HistoryA Level£28 /hr
EnglishGCSE£24 /hr
English LiteratureGCSE£24 /hr
HistoryGCSE£24 /hr
Oxbridge PreparationMentoring£28 /hr
HATUniversity£28 /hr

Questions James has answered

To what extent was Germany responsible for the outbreak of the First World War

This is a classic longer essay question. There was been long and varied debate amongst historians as to why the First World War broke out. 

The standard list of reasons for the outbreak of the First World War includes: The alliance system, developments in the Balkans, the arms and naval race, a Germanic bid for World-power status and the blank cheque given to Austria-Hungary. These can simply be evaluated and one assigned a greater prominence than the others. But a higher level answer must take into consideration the historiography behind this question.

Immediately after the First World War there was a consensus that Europe had 'slithered over the brink' into war and it was no one nation in particular's fault. This cosy consensus was disrupted by a German historian Franz Fischer who argued that Germany was primarily responsible. Disrupting the existing system in a bid for world power. This led to a much wider historiographical debate amongst those who accepted Fischer's thesis and those who rejected it from the 1960s. This led to debate between those who, although they accept German guilt in starting the war, argue over whether it was a deliberate attempt to start a war, to stop their own encirclement. Or if it was a miscalculation. The first are developing the Fischer thesis, whereas the second, led by Andreas Hillgruber, are changing it in a crucial way. The centenary of the outbreak of war also led to the publication of many works. Christopher Clark harks back to Lloyd George, laying emphasis on developments in the Balkans that drew all the Great Powers towards war.

Although the density of all this work, and this is ony a portion of it, can seem very daunting it should be remembered that all of the schools are working from the same basic factors listed at the beginning of this explanation. Students need an awareness of the outline of this debate, but should avoid getting bogged down in it. Focus on the root causes and then apply them to a historiographcal context.

This is a classic longer essay question. There was been long and varied debate amongst historians as to why the First World War broke out. 

The standard list of reasons for the outbreak of the First World War includes: The alliance system, developments in the Balkans, the arms and naval race, a Germanic bid for World-power status and the blank cheque given to Austria-Hungary. These can simply be evaluated and one assigned a greater prominence than the others. But a higher level answer must take into consideration the historiography behind this question.

Immediately after the First World War there was a consensus that Europe had 'slithered over the brink' into war and it was no one nation in particular's fault. This cosy consensus was disrupted by a German historian Franz Fischer who argued that Germany was primarily responsible. Disrupting the existing system in a bid for world power. This led to a much wider historiographical debate amongst those who accepted Fischer's thesis and those who rejected it from the 1960s. This led to debate between those who, although they accept German guilt in starting the war, argue over whether it was a deliberate attempt to start a war, to stop their own encirclement. Or if it was a miscalculation. The first are developing the Fischer thesis, whereas the second, led by Andreas Hillgruber, are changing it in a crucial way. The centenary of the outbreak of war also led to the publication of many works. Christopher Clark harks back to Lloyd George, laying emphasis on developments in the Balkans that drew all the Great Powers towards war.

Although the density of all this work, and this is ony a portion of it, can seem very daunting it should be remembered that all of the schools are working from the same basic factors listed at the beginning of this explanation. Students need an awareness of the outline of this debate, but should avoid getting bogged down in it. Focus on the root causes and then apply them to a historiographcal context.

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