Weekly grinds occur every Thursday 

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Leaving Cert history

Every Thursday

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Week 1

Thursday Sept 14th at 8pm

  • Introduce the DBQ 
  • What examiners are looking for in an answer 
  • Origins and key concepts of fascism 
  • Analyse economic and social catalysts for the rise of fascism

Week 2

Thursday Sept 21st at 8pm

  • Trace the growth of the Nazi Party.
  • Examine the early use of propaganda.
  • Dietrich Eckart; Hitler’s early mentor



Week 3

Thursday Sept 28th at 8pm

  • Investigate Goebbels’ role in shaping propaganda.
  • Evaluate the media used, including book burnings and cinema.
  • Discuss propaganda’s impact on education and youth.

Week 4

Thursday Oct 5th at 8pm

  • Explore the Nuremberg Rallies’ role in promoting Nazi ideology and power.
  • Assess the contributions of Hitler, Speer, and Goebbels in the planning and execution of the rallies.
  • Highlight Leni Riefenstahl’s specific role in capturing and disseminating the spectacle through film.
  • The Nuremberg Trials


Week 5

Thursday Oct 19th at 8pm

  • Examine the social and economic challenges facing Britain in the inter-war period, 
  • Evaluate the government’s initial responses to these issues, 
  • Investigate the impact of the Wall Street Crash on Britain and how the government’s laissez-faire approach influenced recovery efforts.

Week 6

Thursday Oct 26th at 8pm

  • The economic and social reasons for the Jarrow March of 1936 and the government’s response.
  • Evaluate its immediate outcomes and failures.
  • Impact of WW2 on Britain
  • The birth of the Welfare State.




Week 7

Thursday Nov 9th at 8pm

  • Lenin era,  NEP and the Red Terror
  • Stalin’s early life and the ideological struggle with Trotsky
  •  ‘Socialism in One Country.’

Week 8

Thursday Nov 16th at 8pm

  • Examine Stalin’s consolidation of power and economic policies, 
  • Developments industry, infrastructure, education, and military, as well as the human cost seen in the Gulags.
  • Stalin’s Cult of Personality.

Week 9

Thursday Nov 23rd at 8pm

  • Investigate the reasons for Stalin’s Show Trials, 
  • Examine the conduct and nature of the three major Trials 
  • The Secret Trial of the Red Army in 1938.
  • Assess the long-term implications of the trials on Russia.

Week 10

Thursday Nov 30th at 8pm

  • Do’s and don’ts strategies for the DBQ.
  • Key technical terms in the DBQ
  • Live marking of a full DBQ with a current LC examiner
  • Sample DBQ answers to the 3 Case studies 

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What past students say

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