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 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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  • The Peasants’ (Great) Revolt

    Podcast

    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students explore the Great Revolt of 1381, better known as the Peasants’ Revolt, through a combination of animations, dramatised primary sources, and short presenter-led videos. This includes videos looking at the causes of the revolt, its...

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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 Suffragette Movement

    Podcast

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

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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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