June update: the power of photos and another anniversary
Monday 11 June 2018
What can we learn from a photo? Also, the significance of Bobby Kennedy's assassination and an update on new materials to the site.
What can we learn from a photo?
As historians, we are fascinated by ‘iconic’ photos that capture a key moment in history, for example, the ‘tank man’ photo during the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 or the ‘napalm girl’ photo from the Vietnam war, to name but two.
This month saw the anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s death; just how much a photo can reveal is shown by journalist Boris Starling’s interpretation of this photo of Robert Kennedy, Johnson and John Kennedy (click on the eye beneath the photo).
Meanwhile, the world has been pondering on the significance of this much more recent photo from this month's G7 summit:
An activity for students could be to find their own ‘iconic’ photo and explain to the rest of the class why it can be seen as iconic in what it shows or the message that it gives, and what value it has for a historian.
Bobby Kennedy and counterfactual history
This month has also seen much discussion of Robert Kennedy’s legacy, as well as ‘counterfactual’ history – what would have happened if Bobby Kennedy had not been shot and had gone on to become president?
These are just some of the many articles in the news which pick up on these themes:
We are currently working on Topic 12, China and Korea, for Paper 3, Asian region. Two sections are already up and the it should be finished by the end of this month.