Articles by Terry Jones

Terry Jones taught History to adult students taking Foundation courses at a College of Higher Education prior to their entry into full-time degree courses at Warwick and Coventry Universities. Since taking early retirement, he has travelled widely in Eastern Europe, pursuing a life-long interest in 19th and early 20th century European history. He has been a GCSE and "A" level tutor with OOL since 1996.

The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

Both Lenin and Trotsky expected a workers’ revolt in Germany that would sweep away their old order and in turn inspire similar actions in other countries… In the event, History took a different course.

The Lady of the Mercians

After the death of her father, King Alfred the Great, Aethelflaed proved to be an astute leader and strategist.

Politics versus Sport and Helene Mayer: The Forgotten Olympian

Hitler came to power in 1933 and the Nazi officials wasted no time in clamping down on her Jewish heritage. Despite her outstanding natural ability as a fencer, her membership of the German fencing club was withdrawn, followed by revocation of her national citizenship… she left Germany for California with her hopes of competing for the country of her birth dashed.

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Historical Sources for GCSE and A level

Comment on not only what is said but also what is not said or implied. Are the opinions in the sources appropriate or typical for their time?

The History behind Catalonia’s Claim

The Catalan language was suppressed, with its poets and writers imprisoned and its press closed down. It is the children of grandparents and parents who lived through these times who form the backbone of today’s Catalonian Independence movement. 

Episodes of Fact in Fiction: The Man with the Golden Gun

Stashinsky, living under a false name, fell in love with Inge Pohl, an East German. She had no idea of his true occupation, though, even when he asked her to marry him and she accepted.

Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation

Luther’s reformation freed men’s minds to engage in scientific and philosophic enquiry, and to question the medieval concept of the “Divine Right of Kings”.

William Hogarth and the Birth of Political Satire

Oxfordshire County election meetings, held in pubs, usually and farcically descended into riots, drunken brawls and debauchery.


Journey to Revolution

The belief in Lenin’s ability to bring down the Russian Tsar was well founded.

Emile Zola versus the French Republic

Zola, as a liberal, together with an increasingly like-minded press, denounced the elite’s verdict in a front page open letter article in “L’Aurore”, entitled “J’Accuse”.

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