History: Fragile Democracies – Totalitarian Regimes

Rise of Totalitarian Regimes

Video used for class exercise:


A higher level English language vidio about totalitarian regimes and how they arose during the period of the Great Depression :

Fascism in the UK during the 1930s:

Link to an article about Harold Mosley:


Mosley Overview

1930s fascism in the UK Mosley

Film footage from 1936 about The Battle of Cable Street when thousands of East Londoners stood in the way of a fascist march:


New History Theme: Great Britain in WW2

September 3rd 1939;

King George VI delivered this speech on radio on September 3rd, 1939 addressing Britain’s involvement in World War II. His Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue was in the room during this radio broadcast that offered a great solace to the British people during a terrifying time.

(Click on Regarder sur You Tube to activate the link):

Evacuation of Children in 1939:



Dunkirk Evacuation: 26th May – 4th June 1940

More details here: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/history-and-stories/operation-dynamo-things-you-need-to-know/

The Battle of Britain: late summer 1940:

More details here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/8-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-battle-of-britain


Saturday 7th September, 1940: the Blitz begins:

Colour footage of the Blitz:








T°Euro : The Maastricht Treaty

The Maastricht Treaty, known formally as the Treaty on European Union, is the international agreement responsible for the creation of the European Union (EU) signed in 1991 and which became effective in 1993.

PowerPoint to introduce this topic and show several cartoons produced about events between 1991 and 1992:

Masstricht Treaty Explained

Article from the BBC and comprehension questions (send in a photo of your responses for a grade):

The Maastricht Treaty Documenta



History Theme 2: The European Construction in the Context of the Cold War and a Multi-polar World (1940s to today)

This is a broad theme covering the development of the European project after WW2 through to today in the context of the Cold War:

– Cold War (Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan)

– The European Project (Treaty of Rome and later expansions)

– The Multi-polar World

Part One: these two lessons will deal with Winston Churchill’s call for a united Europe, the Schuman Declaration and the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community.

The first 13 minutes of this programme chart the start of the cold war and the beginning of the European construction from the Benelux agreement of 1944 through to the Schuman Declaration of 1950 and the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957.

This Powerpoint surveys the role of Churchill and Schuman at the dawn of the European project:

Europe and Cold War Pt1

Further information about keys figures and developments:




Documents to analyze:

The European Coal and Steel Community

Video on European Founding Fathers:

PART TWO: Europe and the Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan, formally European Recovery Program (April 1948–December 1951), was a U.S.-sponsored program designed to rehabilitate the economies of 17 western and southern European countries in order to create stable conditions in which democratic institutions could survive.

The United States feared that the poverty, unemployment, and dislocation of the post-World War II period were reinforcing the appeal of communist parties to voters in western Europe. On June 5, 1947, in an address at Harvard University, Secretary of State George C. Marshall advanced the idea of a European self-help program to be financed by the United States, saying:

The truth of the matter is that Europe’s requirements for the next three or four years of foreign food and other essential products—principally from America—are so much greater than her present ability to pay that she must have substantial additional help or face economic, social, and political deterioration of a very grave character.

Marshall Plan Activity:

Hist Marshall Plan Activity


Part Three: Britain’s Application to join the EEC in 1962/63

Five years after the signing of the Treaty of Rome by the SIX (France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) in 1957 which created the EEC (European Economic Community) Britain also applied to join but was refused not once but twice by De Gaulle.

Chronology and activities related to the documents in ‘De Gaulle says “Non’ to Britain:

The EU and the UK timeline

De Gaulle Says ‘Non’ to Britain in 1963

The UK finally joined in 1973 with Ireland, here is a useful video:


The story of the First Enlargement of the European Community


Part Four: UK and Europe: 1970s and 1980s:

UK 1970s and 80s

The UK joins the EEC WORKSHEET

UK and EU 70s and 80s Exercises

Overview of the UK’s relationship with Europe particularly from the 1975 referendum through to the 2016 referendum:

EU history and UK 2017

Focus on the 1991 Maastricht Treaty:

Masstricht Treaty Explained

Practise Exam Style Documents about Brexit:

UK and Europe Exam Documents




A copy of this extended assignment can be found here:

Brexit Assignment for T°EuroA


Resources to help you to easily complete this assignment with a high grade:

David Cameron Promises a referendum (2013):


Official announcement of referendum result (2016):


David Cameron resigns after referendum result (2016):

The moment the UK officially leaves the EU (31st January 2020) with the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson:


Further useful resources:

Timeline of events from 2016 to 2020 including a short video:



Link to 2016 results:



Cartoons about Brexit:















T° EURO History – Totalitarian Regimes

A really good video about totalitarian regimes and how they arose during the period of the Great Depression is available here:


Wednesday and Thursday 14th-16th October Lesson Resources

Overview of fascism in the UK during the 1930s:

Mosely Overview

Link to an excellent article about Mosely:

Meet Sir Oswald Mosley, The Aristocrat Who Nearly Turned Britain Toward Fascism Before World War 2

Film footage from 1936 about The Battle of Cable Street when thousands of East Londoners stood in the way of a fascist march:

Cable Street 80: newsreel

On this day in 1936, Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists were blocked from marching through the streets of East London by the Jewish community and its allies.Today we commemorate The Battle of Cable Street and remember all those who stood in the way of fascism.

Posted by HOPE not hate on Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Oswald Mosley died in France in 1980 at 84 years old. To this day, Mosley’s fascist writings are available from far-right publishers. His charisma and reputation for elegant hatred were compelling enough that almost no changes were made to his character when he appeared as a villain in the fifth season of the British crime drama Peaky Blinders: