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Module

HIS3222 : Jarrow Crusade

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matt Perry
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The Jarrow Crusade is hailed as a defining moment in the ‘hungry thirties’. It was the protest of the people of a Tyneside town against the closure of their shipyard and the blocking of a new steelworks. More than any other protest it is held up as a model for others to follow. Its rejection of politics and its courting of respectable opinion are seen as the reason for its success; this is at least the version of events with which many will be familiar. Yet the Crusade did not secure jobs for Jarrow and a series of myths and folklore have come to surround the event. This course will attempt to delve beyond the myths to the real history of the Crusade and in so doing discover insights into the context of contemporaneous events and British society in the 1930s. In order to do so it will use a wide range of primary materials and cultural representations of the Crusade. It will also consider the implications for different types of history: labour history, the history of protest, public history, the heritage industry as well as the history of events.

This module aims:
•To examine the social and political history of the Jarrow Crusade, and to contextualise it in terms of the history of Britain in the 1930s.
•To identify and evaluate a range of relevant primary sources, contemporaneous literature.
•To identify and evaluate a range of cultural representations and discourses concerning the Crusade.
•To examine and evaluate a range of historiographical perspectives.
•To provide an opportunity to acquire a sound general knowledge of the subject, reading widely and critically the primary and secondary literature associated with it and to develop the capacity for independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Intended as a guide only; week by week topics may be slightly different from the following:

Britain in the 1930s
Social conditions in the Special Areas
Protests of the unemployed
The myth of the Jarrow Crusade: not like the other marches?
The leaders of the Crusade: Ellen Wilkinson and the ‘four ladies’
Jarrow Crusade as an event in context: Spain, Appeasement, Abdication, Cable Street
Jarrow Crusade: art, drama and landscape
Jarrow Crusade: memory and identity

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable