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Starting with the nineteenth century and bringing us right up to the debates of today this section contains many insightful podcasts that explore the recent and current world around us. Included here are the arguments around the legacy of war and the impact of social change. The history of social and civil movements and modern debate about religion and technology. Read more

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  • British-Irish Gypsy Traveller History (Part 2)

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    In this second of two podcasts Dr Becky Taylor, Reader in Modern History at the University of East Anglia and Editor-in-Chief of 'History: The Journal of the Historical Association' is once again asked questions by Helen Snelson, Chair of HA Secondary Committee. Part Two focuses on the big stories of...

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  • British-Irish Gypsy Traveller History (Part 1)

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    In this first of two podcasts Dr Becky Taylor, Reader in Modern History at the University of East Anglia and Editor-in-Chief of 'History: The Journal of the Historical Association' is asked questions by Helen Snelson, Chair of HA Secondary Committee. The questions in part one focus on how Dr Taylor...

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  • The Development of the Navy through the 19th Century

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    Professor Andrew Lambert outlines the key role of Nelson and the Royal Navy in Napoleon’s defeat, and the development of the navy through the nineteenth century; from technology and infrastructure to naval recruitment and the various reforms which took place during that period.

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  • Early British Women Engineers

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    In this podcast Henrietta Heald looks at some of the pioneering British women engineers of the early 20th century and the role they played in fighting for economic freedom. '"Women have won their political independence. Now is the time for them to achieve their economic freedom too." This was the...

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  • Espionage in the 20th and 21st centuries

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    In this podcast Trevor Barnes looks at the development of global intelligence and security services from their early origins to the present day. He examines at the role these services had during the two World Wars, the signficance of espionage in the development of the Cold War and the importance and...

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  • Abolition of Slavery

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students examine the campaigns to abolish both the slave trade and slavery itself, including a number of actor readings of pamphlets and speeches that help illustrate key arguments made by abolitionists and defenders of slavery. The...

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  • Radical Protest in the Nineteenth Century

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students explore the history of radicalism in the nineteenth century, including the Spa Fields Riots, the Pentrich Uprising, Luddism, the Swing Riots and the March of the Blanketeers. The playlist also provides an overview of key...

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  • Peterloo

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students explore the Peterloo Massacre, looking at its origins, outcome and longer term historical significance. The playlist also contains 18 dramatised primary sources drawn from The National Archives and the Parliamentary Archives. These are designed to...

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  • Britain in the Age of Revolutions

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students explore British responses to the American and French Revolutions. This playlist includes videos looking at the origins of the American Revolution; specific questions like ‘Why didn’t French-Canadians join the revolution?; and actor readings of key...

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  • Chartism and the Anti-Corn Law League

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students examine two of the most important reform movements of the early nineteenth century: Chartism and the Anti-Corn Law League, contrasting their tactics, leadership and success. The playlist also contains a number of readings of Chartist...

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  • Nineteenth Century Social Reform

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students explore nineteenth century social reform and its effect in changing, gradually, the role of the state. This includes videos looking at the New Poor Law, Factory and Education Acts and the campaign to repeal the...

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  • Workers’ Rights and Trade Unions

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students look at the development of trade unionism and workers’ rights in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The playlist includes videos examining the Tolpuddle Martyrs, New Unionism, the London Dock Strike and the Match Girls’ Strike...

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  • Votes for Women

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students examine the campaign for women’s suffrage in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This includes videos looking at why the suffrage campaign started in the 1860s; introductions to the main suffrage organisations, their leaders and...

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  • Reforming Parliament

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students examine the campaign and steps taken in the nineteenth century to reform Parliament. This playlist starts by asking what was wrong with Parliament before the Great Reform Act, before going on to look at the...

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  • Women and Gender in the French Wars

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    In this podcast Dr Louise Carter critically examines the role of women in Britain during the French Revolution. During these wars, women were typically called on for army cooking, laundry, nursing and spying, and as such were considered part of the war machine. While women in the French wars accounted for...

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  • Envoi: First World War Memories

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    During the recent First World War centenary many HA branches held lectures and talks about a variety of aspects of the war. Some had outings and many looked at their local war memorials or Pals Battalions. The Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch decided that as many of their members...

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  • The Abolitionist Movement in Britain

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    In this podcast Dr Richard Huzzey of the University of Durham examines the history of the British Abolitionist Movement. This podcast was funded by the Age of Revolution education legacy project and recorded with the help of Dominic Gibson, Student Ambassador at the University of Kent.  

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  • First World War Poetry

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    Professor Paul O’Prey has engaged international audiences with the history of First World War poetry. During the recent centenary, he also produced two new anthologies for the Imperial War Museum and published the first collected work of Mary Borden, American philanthropist and humanitarian, nurse, and wartime poet. Sound artist Mira...

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  • Memorialisation and the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme

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    In this podcast Simon Bendry, Programme Director for the UCL Institute of Education’s First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, discusses the programme and its impact. This podcast was recorded as part of the Teacher Fellowship Programme on Conflict, Art and Remembrance.

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  • The development of the British Navy

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    In this podcast, Professor Bruce Collins of Sheffield Hallam University explores the development of the British navy during the French Wars and the 19th century. Professor Collins outlines the place of the navy in Britain’s psyche at the beginning of the French Wars and the importance of coastal transport, as well...

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