International Relations

Relations across the UK, Europe and globally are frequently changing, and have done so across our history. How these relations are recorded, monitored and treated are discussed in the collection of articles and podcasts here. The very concept of international relations is explored as are when boundaries and discussions between states and groups started to matter. What are the procedures, protocols and outcomes of a world according to the history of international relations are all under scrutiny?

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  • Ideology and the Cold War

    Podcast

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

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  • Impact of the Cold War on British and US Families.

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Matthew Grant of Teeside University examines the effect of the Cold War on ordinary people in the US and UK.

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  • Legacy of the Crusades

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith looks at the initial and long term effects of Crusades and examines how they have been treated by both western and eastern historians and thinkers over time.

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  • Llywelyn the Great

    Podcast

    Llywelyn the Great (Welsh: Llywelyn Fawr), full name Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, (c. 1172 - 11 April 1240) was a Prince of Gwynedd in north Wales and eventually de facto ruler over most of Wales. By a combination of war and diplomacy he dominated Wales for 40 years.In this podcast Dr...

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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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  • Medieval Scotland: Foriegn Policy & Relations

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Katie Stevenson of the University of St Andrews looks at medieval Scotland's relationship with the other European powers.

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  • Phillip II of Spain

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Francois Soyer looks at Phillip II's reign, how his government worked, the emergence of a new social class in Spain, the problems with personal rule: inefficiency, corruption and unrealistic expectations and Hapsburg rule under Phillip, bureaucracy and the growth of modern government.

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  • Podcast Series: The Age of Revolutions

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    These podcasts were developed with A-level students as the intended target audience, but provide an equally enlightening listen for the general enthusiast. The first two podcasts represent two historians’ interpretations on the role of Nelson in the defeat of Napoleon and the development of the British Navy during the nineteenth...

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  • Saladin and the Third Crusade

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Tom Asbridge of Queen Mary, University of London examines Saladin's rise to power, his motivations, his achievements and his legacy.

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  • Spain and Europe during the Spanish Golden Age

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Glyn Redworth looks at the impact of Spain relations with its neighbours, foreign perspectives of Spain; the black legend of Spain, ideological differences and ideological prejudice.

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  • The Abbasid Caliphate

    Podcast

    In this set of podcasts Emeritus Professor Gerald Hawting of SOAS, University of London provides an introduction to the Abbasid (750-1258) Caliphate.

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  • The American Civil War

    Podcast

    In this set of podcasts Dr Adam Smith of University College London looks at the origins, the development and the significance of the American Civil War.

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  • The Battle of Waterloo

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Alan Forrest discusses the origins, development and the significance of the Battle of Waterloo.

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  • The British Empire & the Scramble for Africa

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr John Stuart of Kingston University London looks discusses Britain and the scramble for Africa; looking at motivations, how Britain's influence expanded so quickly in Northern and Southern Africa, the changing relations with other colonial powers, the two Boer Wars and their impact on Britain's perception of...

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  • The British Empire 1800-1870

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Sean Lang of Anglia Ruskin University examines commerce and imperial expansion between 1800-1870

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  • The British Empire in India

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Jon Wilson of King's College London looks at the origins of the British Empire in India, the importance of the East India Company, Anglo-French rivalry in India, the significance of relations between the British and the Indian princes for the expansion of British rule, the Governor...

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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 Byzantine Empire & Regional Rivals

    Podcast

    From global to regional superpower, survival and revivalThis podcast looks at the period from 500-1204 charting the history of the Empire as it met with formidable enemies and had to adapt to change.

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  • The Chinese Communist Government in the 1950s & early 1960s

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Patricia Thornton of Merton College, Oxford examines the successes and failures of the Communist governments first decade in power.

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  • The Cold War in Africa

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor David Anderson of St Cross College, University of Oxford discusses the impact of the Cold War on Africa.

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