Through a forensic study of the personal papers of many of the key figures on both sides of the debate, historian Douglas Newton pieces together what really went on in the frenetic weeks between the assassination in Sarajevo and the declaration of war on August 4, 1914.Many recently published histories of Britain's Great War embrace the war as a good war--irresistible, righteous, and popular. It has become almost heretical to offer criticism of Britain's intervention. This book presents a new critical examination of the government's choice for war, and weaves into the story an account of those 'Radicals' and other activists who urged a neutral diplomacy in 1914.The Darkest Days shows how the war-hungry leaders and the right-wing press hustled the nation into war, making only the barest efforts to save the peace. As a result the declaration was the result of political negotiation, dishonesty and willful belligerence that split the cabinet and kept the opposition and the nation itself in the dark until it was too late.
'Douglas Newton's Teaching Design and Technology gives encouragement to creativity in younger pupils. Aimed at ages 3-11, it contains a variety of suggestions for activities providing more than just a collection of ideas, there are many suggestions that might help children plan and work towards quality products' - The Times Educational Supplement 'An excellent book which is both thought-provoking and extremely practical. The philosophy and history behind D&T is enlightening and very entertaining, whilst the numerous ideas for practical activities make it a 'pick up and use' book. Unusually, it provides a wide range of activities for children as young as 3 up to 11 years of age, and detailed lesson plans demonstrate how they can be presented in class. The problem-solving approach taken by this book supports views on 'best practice' as described in the government publication 'Excellence and Enjoyment'. As the focus in education is on developing a more creative curriculum, this book is a must for both experienced teachers and students alike' - Linda Johnston, Head at Sedgefield Hardwick Primary 'This book is packed full of sound advice and good ideas interlaced with the essence of what Design and Technology in primary schools should be' - David Jinks, Jerwood Laureate 'A very practical book, which focuses on sound advice from an expert in D&T education... Here you will find a wealth of ideas for putting into practice. What shines through is the depth of experience that Newton brings to the work... This is an invaluable resource for any primary school and deserves to be widely read. I have no doubt that teachers will rate it highly' - Primary Science Review 'This very readable book gives a wealth of simple interesting examples of technological development that will be appreciated by children throughout the primary school... Very practical general teaching advice is given throughout... a valuable resource for trainees and teachers who lack experience in this subject' - Journal of Education for Teaching Training to teach Design and Technology? Need ideas for your lessons? Want to refresh your D&T teaching? Professor Douglas Newton's succinct guide to teaching design and technology uses ideas that have been road-tested and developed over his many years of teaching and of training student teachers and practitioners. Assuming no prior knowledge, this straightforward book will quickly help you teach D&T in the primary school and D&T-related activities in the very early years. It gives you ready-made lesson plans and banks of teaching ideas for immediate use in your classroom. Written for the busy trainee and teacher, this practical book features: - A clear account of the nature of D&T and what is expected of you. - Time-saving, photocopiable worksheets to help children grasp problems, develop ideas and plan. - Lots of activities for the children, some set out in step-by-step detail. - Advice on helping children make progress and on assessing their work. - Looking ahead: some guidance for the aspiring teacher on preparing for curriculum leadership. - Helpful chapter summaries.
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