Saturday, June 11, 2016

Préparation agrégation civilisation britannique 1

This is the first in a long series of posts on preparing the British Civilisation question for the agrégation exam 2017.

As you know the subject is Le Royaume Uni à l'épreuve de la crise 1970-1979

It is certainly not too early to start preparing the subject. You should read several times the description of the subject on official websites.  And then...

Il faut commencer en lisant les chapitres sur 1960-1980 dans des histoires générales du Royaume Uni par Roland Marx, Kenneth Morgan et Peter Clark.  Ensuite c’est l’ouvrage de Andy Becket  “When the lights went out: Britain in the Seventies” auquel il faut s'attaquer. Il y a peu de livres sur la période spécifiquement. Chez Ellipses, à la rentrée, nous en sortirons un.

There are quite a number of documentaries on YouTube which will be useful, if examined intelligently, especially in the first part of the preparation ( before Christmas) when the main thing is to become very familiar indeed with the principal issues.

In these posts I will be recommending quite a number videos. 

Here is the first one : Wilson vs Heath, the ten-year duel.

What governments and politicians decide to do is  governed by a web of forces : economic, ideological, party political, and personal feelings and ambitions. Since one of their aims is to make "good television" , documentaries will generally over emphasize the importance of  personal motivations and ambitions. Nevertheless, you will learn a lot. Make sure you look up on the internet questions and events which are mentioned which you do not know about.

The visuals are useful for helping to memorize. However, if, like me, you are very  busy, you can easily convert YouTube videos to Mp3 files, and listen to them in the bus or in the car. Use an online tool like this one http://www.clipconverter.cc/fr/ 

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