Tuesday, 17 July 2012

A Break Away

The Vietnam War, the Falklands War, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the Cold War, the Holocaust, the Crusades and the Stuarts. This list, I am sure, will cover much of what many students my age (18) will have studied at school at some point in time. With so many people studying the same general period of history, I beg to ask the question as to how every budding historian aspiring to become the next Thomas Asbridge, or any other historian whom A-level students will have been brought up to worship, is expected to know which area of history they are interested in when making the frightful leap to university.

Indeed, a year ago I was in this position, writing my UCAS personal statement, racking my brains as to what I could "wow" the admissions tutors with. Yet it occurred to me that I don't have a particular area of history that I take a selective fancy to. Yes I've enjoyed nearly all the history I've been taught, but until my final year at school, studying history has been rather constricting.

So, therefore, this blog is primarily for people that are finding themselves in the same situation as I was and, to a certain extent, still find myself in. I hope to build up a collection of posts on "All Things History", not only to broaden my own knowledge, but to give students that are perhaps too engrossed in the thrilling routine of school life a chance to discover something they didn't know...A break away.