Modern

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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  • 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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  • Britain and the domestic impact of World War II

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Dan Todman of Queen Mary, University of London takes a chronological look at Britain's involvement in World War 2 and examines the domestic impact it had.

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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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  • Problems in the UK during the 1920s and 30s

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Keith Laybourn of the University of Huddersfield examines the key social, political and economic problems of the 1920s and 30s.

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  • Domestic impact of World War I

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Richard Grayson of Goldsmiths, University of London, looks at the domestic impact of World War I on the U.K.

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  • Origins of the Northern Irish Civil Rights Movement

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Stuart Aveyard of Queens University Belfast looks at the origins of the Northern Irish Civil rights movement that developed in the 60s and 70s and the impact of Bloody Sunday.

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  • Gladstone and Disraeli - Reform and Rivalry

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Eric Evans discusses the relationship and rivalry between Gladstone and Disraeli and their reforms.

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  • The Irish War of Independence and the Civil War

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Fearghal McGarry examines the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War.

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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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  • The Historical Medicalization of Homosexuality & Transvestism

    Podcast

    In this podcast, Dr Tommy Dickinson of the University of Manchester, looks at the historical medicalization of homosexuality and transvestism.

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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 Life & Significance of Alan Turing

    Podcast

    In this podcast, Dr Tommy Dickinson of the University of Manchester, discusses the life and significance of Alan Turing.

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  • The Legacy of Joseph Banks

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    In this podcast Dr Jordan Goodman discusses the legacy of Joseph Banks. In 1778, Joseph Banks (1743-1820) was elected President of the Royal Society, a post he held until his death.

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  • The Challenger Expedition

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    In this podcast Dr Jordan Goodman looks at the Challenger Expedition and its' scientific significance. The Challenger expedition of 1872 to 1876 was a scientific exercise that made many discoveries to lay the foundation of oceanography. The expedition was named after the mother vessel, HMS Challenger.

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  • Darwin: Human Evolution & Darwin's Legacy

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    In this podcast Professor Jim Secord and Dr Alison Pearn of the Darwin Correspondence Project examine the significance of the publication of Darwin's 'The Descent of Man', theological controversy, Darwin's family and Darwin's legacy.

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  • Darwin and the Origin of Species

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    In this podcast Professor Jim Secord and Dr Alison Pearn of the Darwin Correspondence Project look at how Darwin developed his theory of evolution by natural selection and the significance of his publication: The Origin of Species.

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  • Charles Darwin's Early Life & the Voyage of the Beagle

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    In this podcast Professor Jim Secord and Dr Alison Pearn of the Darwin Correspondence Project look at Darwin's early life, education and the Voyage of the Beagle.

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  • The Parliament Act of 1911

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    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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  • Magna Carta today

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Justin Fisher discusses why Magna Carta is still significant today.

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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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