Politics

Human society is always surrounded by politics of some sort. Whether it is the basic negotiation of leadership and obedience of rules for clans or soldiers or, the more sophisticated set up of the modern world the relationship of control and decision making is always around. Grouped together in this strand are articles and podcasts covering the systems of the ancient world in Greece and Rome, alongside the stories of revolution in Europe, the creation of treaties and alliances and the arguments amongst political parties today.

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  • How stable was the Weimar Republic between 1924-29?

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Benjamin Ziemann of the University of Sheffield examines the stability of the Weimar Republic.

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  • Ideology and the Cold War

    Podcast

    In this podcast from 2013, Dr Elena Hore of the University of Essex discusses the ideological origins of the Cold War.

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  • Ireland under the reigns of James II and William III

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor David Hayton of Queen's University Belfast looks at the significance of reigns of James II and William III in Ireland.

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  • King John and Magna Carta

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Nicholas Vincent discusses the reign of King John, the origins of Magna Carta and its' significance.

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  • Magna Carta during Henry III's reign

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor David Carpenter of King's College, University of London, looks at the life of Magna Carta during the reign of Henry III.

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  • Magna Carta in the 14th Century

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Nigel Saul of Royal Holloway, University of London, examines the changing importance of Magna Carta during the 14th century.

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  • Magna Carta today

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Justin Fisher discusses why Magna Carta is still significant today.

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  • Magna Carta: The Clauses

    Podcast

    In this set of podcasts Professor Louise Wilkinson of Canterbury Christ Church University looks at the key clauses in Magna Carta.

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  • Margaret Thatcher and her Legacy

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Eric Evans looks at the rise, fall and legacy of Margaret Thatcher's premiership.

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  • Nixon & Watergate

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Iwan Morgan of University College London looks at President Nixon's first term in office, the Watergate Scandal and the significance of the scandal on American politics.

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  • Origins of the Northern Irish Civil Rights Movement

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Stuart Aveyard of Queens University Belfast looks at the origins of the Northern Irish Civil rights movement that developed in the 60s and 70s and the impact of Bloody Sunday.

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  • Parliament & Constitutional Change 1660-1702

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Tony Claydon looks at Parliamentary and constitutional change between 1660-1702.

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  • Parliamentary Politics in the 18th Century

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Nigel Aston of the University of Leicester discusses the development of Parliament and Party politics in 18th century Britain.

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  • Podcast Series: An Introduction to Magna Carta

    Multipage Article

    What precedents were there to Magna Carta? Why was the charter originally drawn up and signed in 1215? Why was it reissued during the thirteenth century? Would “ordinary” people have been aware of Magna Carta? How effective was Magna Carta as means to controlling medieval kings?  Why was it resurrected...

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  • Re-imagining Democracy

    Podcast

    The following set of podcasts feature Professor Mark Philp of the University of Warwick discussing how peoples perceptions of democracy changed between 1750 and 1850 and is based on the findings of the Re-imagining democracy project, begun in 2005 by Joanna Innes and Mark Philp.

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  • Richard II and the Peasants' Revolt

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr James Davis of Queens University Belfast discusses the reign of Richard II and the origins and significance of the Peasants' Revolt.

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  • Second Wave Feminism in the UK

    Podcast

    In this podcast Ms Jean Spence looks at the origins, the development and the gains achieved by second wave feminism.

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  • Simon de Montfort

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor David Carpenter looks at the life and significance of Simon de Montfort, democracy and the rise of the House of Commons.

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  • Sources for the Roman Republic

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Federico Santangelo of the University of Newcastle discusses the sources historians use when studying early Roman history.

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  • The Acts of Union

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Alex Murdoch of the University of Edinburgh looks at the origins and significance of the 1707 Acts of Union that joined the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland (previously separate states, with separate legislatures but with the same monarch) into a single, united kingdom...

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