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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  • The British Empire: Relations with the American colonies

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Stephen Conway of University College London discusses the relations between the American colonies and Britain before, during and after the American War of Independence.

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  • The British LGBT Civil Rights Movement: 1960-present

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Sally R Munt of the University of Sussex discusses The origins and devlopment of the British LGBT Civil Rights Movement.

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  • The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

    Podcast

    In this podcast Kate Hudson, the General Secretary of CND, looks at the history of CND in the 20th and 21st Century.

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  • The Chartists

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Eric Evans examines the development of the Chartist movement and its legacy.

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  • The Civil War: England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Michael Braddick looks at the impact of the Civil War on relations between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

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  • The Commonwealth, Protectorate and Radicalism

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Peter Gaunt of the University of Chester discusses the strengths and weaknesses of of the Commonwealth and Protectorate from 1649-60 and examines how radical the new republic was.

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  • The Declaration of Arbroath

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Michael Brown of the University of St Andrews looks at the Declaration of Arbroath. The Declaration took the form of a letter from Robert the Bruce to Pope John XXII in 1320, it's purpose was to confirm Scotland's status as an independent, sovereign state. What was...

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  • The Development of Parliament during the Tudor period

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Sue Doran looks at Parliament as a point of contact between the crown and the community, she explores whether there was an organised puritan opposition group, looks at the growing influence of parliaments under Elizabeth and how Elizabeth managed her parliaments.

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  • The Development of the Irish Nationalist and Unionist Movements in the 19th Century

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Matthew Kelly of the University of Southampton discusses how the Nationalist and Unionist movements developed during the 19th century, looking at their initial objectives and the impacts these movements had on Anglo-Irish relations.

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  • The Early Stuart Parliaments

    Podcast

    In this podcast Mr Simon Healy from the History of Parliament Research Project looks at the Early Stuart Parliaments.

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  • The Language & Politics of the Indian Independence Movement

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Pritipuspa Mishra of the University of Southampton discusses how the language and politics of the Indian Independence movement changed between 1847 and 1947.

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  • The Legacy of Chartism

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Penelope Corfield looks at the legacy of the Chartist Movement, links to later political movements and discusses what the fate of the Chartist Movement can tell us about the difficulties in organising sustained protests and campaigning from outside the political system.

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  • The Life & Ideas of Thomas Paine

    Podcast

    In this set of podcasts Emeritus Professor W. A. Speck of the University of Leeds looks at the life and ideas of Thomas Paine.

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  • The Movement for Irish Home Rule/Independence between 1891 & 1914

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Matthew Kelly looks at how the movement toward Home Rule and Independence developed between 1891 and 1914 and the divisions that it created within Ireland and within Britain.

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  • The Northern Irish Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Stuart Aveyard looks at how 'the Troubles' developed over the 1970s, 80s and 90s and discusses the key factors that led to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.

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  • The Opium Wars

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr. Yangwen Zheng of the University of Manchester looks at the origins, theatre and consequences of the Opium Wars. Dr Yangwen Zheng's essential textbook Ten Lessons in Modern Chinese History is now available. Written for university entry-level students and A-level teachers and students, it uses primary sources to tell the story...

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  • The Origins and Structure of the Roman Republic

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Federico Santangelo of the University of Newcastle looks at the origins of the Roman Republic, how was it structured and how did the Republic developed politically and culturally.

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  • The Origins of the French Revolution

    Podcast

    In this podcast Emeritus Professor William Doyle of the University of Bristol looks at the origins of the French Revolution.

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  • The Origins of the Victorian Women's Movement

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor June Hannam of the University of the West of England looks at the origins of the Victorian Women's Movement and how the movement developed in the 19th century

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  • The Parliament Act of 1911

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Rosie Kennedy of Goldsmiths College, University of London discusses the origins and significance of the Parliament Act of 1911, the historic confrontation between the House of Lords and the House of Commons and the emergence of a more democratic political system.

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