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 Provisional Government and the October Revolution

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Beryl Williams looks at why the Provisional Government failed to establish liberalism in Russia between February and October 1917 and why it was the Bolsheviks that took power in October.

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  • The Rise and Fall of Cardinal Wolsey

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Steven Gunn of Merton College, Oxford, looks at the rise of Wolsey, his foreign and domestic policy, failure in the 1520s and loss of favour, Wolsey's Rivals and his divided responsibilities: Papal servant vs Kings man.

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  • The Rise of American Empire, 1865-1920

    Podcast

    In this extensive podcast series, Dr Alex Goodall of UCL looks at the growth of the United States as an international power from the end of the American Civil War through to the early twentieth century. This was a critical period for understanding the United States rise to superpower status in the twentieth...

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  • The Rise of the Nazi Party

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Stephenson looks at the rise of the Nazi Party: How important to Nazi support were the crises of 1923? How important was the Wall Street Crash to the Nazi seizure of power in 1933? To what extent was the Nazi seizure of power a legal revolution?

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  • The Union of the Crowns

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Laura Stewart of Birkbeck, University of London looks at the Union of the Crowns of Scotland and England and the impact this Union had across Britain and Ireland.

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  • The Wars of the Roses

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Michael Hicks of the University of Winchester looks at the origins, the development and the conclusion of the Wars of the Roses.

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  • The failure of negotiated settlement

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Michael Braddick of the University of Sheffield looks at why it proved impossible to achieve a negotiated settletment between 1646 and 1649.

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  • Thomas Cromwell

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Michael Everett examines the life and career of Thomas Cromwell.

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  • Tudor Ireland

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Sean Connolly of Queen's University Belfast examines the Tudor monarchy in Ireland.

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  • Tudor Royal Authority

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Sue Doran of Christ Church College, Oxford, looks at the changing nature of royal authority under the Tudors, the impact of the Reformation and the development of a print culture, propaganda, the influence of gender, the extent to which faction undermined royal authority and faction under...

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  • UK 1945-64 - Post War Consensus and the Welfare State

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Keith Laybourn of the University of Huddersfield looks at the period 1945-64. What were the key forces that led to the welfare state and the post war consensuses? To what extent did this consensus transform the lives of British people?

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  • UK Women's Movement: How did Women achieve the Vote?

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor June Hannam of the University of the West of England looks at the key forces that led to women achiving the vote in the early 20th century.

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  • Was the Protectorate a Military Dictatorship?

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Barry Coward, former President of the Historical Association asks: "Was the Cromwellian Protectorate a military dictatorship?"

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  • What was Nazi ideology?

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Benjamin Ziemann of the University of Sheffield looks at Nazi ideology.

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  • What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Weimar Republic?

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Benjamin Ziemann of the University of Sheffield looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the Weimar Republic.

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