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Studying for the English Exam

19. März 2012

The written English exam is over – yeah! I have mostly good feeling although I mixed up the Miliband Brothers and said that David was the leader of the opposition – of course it is Ed. Unlike other people in my study group I had read all the books in the reading list. Some  were interesting and very insightful, and I wish to highlight those here:

Marr, A. (2009) A History of Modern Britain, London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Andrew Marr is a very accomplished journalist and he writes well. Of course that is his job. I enjoyed reading the book which I got as an ebook for my kindle. You need some general previous knowledge about British history and current events to understand it, but the black series of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung is a good starting point for that.

His book has been serialized for the BBC:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/modern/

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lurGssKn7PA (more…)

Learning for the exams

17. November 2011

Yesterday we had the first meeting of our english state exams learning group. I already started learning and reading the books but of course there is a lot to do and some of the others are even writing their thesis right now! Luckily I wrote my thesis already and now can concentrate on studying.

The topic for the English exam will be:

Cultural Studies: From Churchill to Cameron – Politics in Britain since WW II

And keywords are:

  • Political developments in the UK
  • Britain’s position in the world (wars, in the EU, Commonwealth)
  • Foreign Policy
  • Immigration and Multicultural society
  • Role in the classroom (e.g. ICC, multiculturalism, Britain in the Classroom)

He gave us quite a reading list and some I already studied, thats because I want to present some of the juiciest quotes here:

From Patriots – National identity in Britain 1940 -2000 by Richard Weight, p 300: “ Tory MP Bob Bothby, who was then sleeping with Harold Macmillan’s wife, Dorothy, observed: ‚In 1935 we were on top of the world: by 1956 it had all gone. It took the Roman Empire three hundred years of of most enjoyable decadence to achieve that end: all we can do is seek a fraction of that decadence in what we call our permissive society“

At least there is still very pleasant old English tunes, that you get to know when studying about, like Greensleves:

And on the Decline of the Empire and the Profumo affair (p. 269): „Nancy Mitford compared 1960s Britain to Venice in the sevententh century: ‚Perhaps‘, she suggested, ‚masked naked men, orgies and unlimited spying are an accompaniment of maritime powers in decline. Certainly the whole Ward affair comes straight out of Casanova'“

At least learning for the exams with the topic „Britain from Churchill to Cameron“ is at least entertaining.

Much less spicy but easier to read is Andrew Marr’s „A History of Modern Britain„. He is a BBC journalist and produced a TV series on the same topic as well:

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