On this page we will showcase lessons which follow the GeoHistories approach.

You can freely use these lesson materials, or adapt them, for your teaching.

The Lessons

The information given here links to pages with complete lesson materials.

The lessons are arranged in reverse chronological order.

1940 AD – Lesson: Who should lead the British Empire in the fight against Nazi Germany?

Prime Minister Chamberlain has resigned. Who should replace him? Churchill or Lord Halifax?

1914 AD – Lesson: Who was responsible for World War One?

Assassination of Franz Ferdinand, 1863-1914 Archduke of Austria, and his wife Sophie, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, 28 June 1914, © Bianchetti/Leemage

In preparation.

1840 AD – The Uniform Penny Post

A Penny Black Stamp

In preparation.

1837 AD Lesson: The Telegraph – how did it change the world?

Telegraph key and sounder in the Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

In preparation.

1811 AD – Lesson: Napoleon on Elba

Napoleon’s Return from Elba, by Charles Auguste Guillaume Steuben

In preparation.

1688 AD – Lesson: William III: the Glorious Revolution

William of Orange and his army land in England.

In preparation.

1454 AD – Lesson: Gutenberg’s Decision

By Fondo Antiguo de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Sevilla from Sevilla, España – [Letra E], CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51277397

In preparation.

1066 AD – Lesson: Harold in 1066

The Battle of Stamford Bridge

In preparation.

49 BC – Lesson: Caesar on the Rubicon

It is January 8th 49 BC, General Julius Caesar is camped near the Rubicon, a stream separating Rome from the province of Cisalpine Gaul, with his legion Leio XIII Gemina. Should he defy the Senate and cross the Rubicon to march on Rome with his troops, or disband his victorious legions and return to Rome a private citizen as the law and custom (and his enemies) required?

For Caesar the Rubicon was a distinct geographical boundary – a small stream marking the boundary between Gaul and Rome and one he dare not cross with troops under his command. For us, the Rubicon is more of a boundary of the mind. In this lesson we will explore the choices which Caesar had, and consider if he made the right decision.

In preparation.

82 BC – Lesson: Sulla: the Senate’s Risk

At the end of 82 BC or the beginning of 81 BC the Senate debated appointing Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix dictator. What were their choices? What were the risks? What should they decide? What did they decide? What were the consequences?

By Sergey Sosnovskiy – http://ancientrome.ru/art/artworken/img.htm?id=2431http://ancientrome.ru/art/artworken/img.htm?id=2432, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=98689832

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458 BC – Lesson: Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus’ Choice.

Cincinnatus called to be Dictator

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415 – 413 BC – Lesson: the Athenian Expedition to Sicily

By Pelop war en.png: Kenmayerderivative work: rowanwindwhistler (talk) – This file was derived from: Pelop war en.png, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=107699068

In preparation.