Power

The accumulation of, the acceptance of, and the use of power are all explored in this section. The individual reigns of some monarchs are looked at such as those from the Tudor period, but so are other leaders, despotic and revolutionary. Contemporary issues of the use of power in a democracy are explored are more complex ideas around power through individual actions and movements in history.

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  • A Historiography of the British Empire

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Larry Butler of the University of East Anglia examines how have interpretations of the British Empire have changed over the years.

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  • An Introduction to the Renaissance

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Gabriele Neher of the University of Nottingham provides an introduction to the Renaissance.

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  • Anglo-Saxons and Normans

    Podcast

    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, students and staff explore Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, exploring the Anglo-Saxon Witan and Moots, how law and order was maintained and the Norman conquest, including a multi-chronicler account of the Battle of Hastings. Other videos examine how William...

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  • Britain in the Age of Revolutions

    Podcast

    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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  • Captain Cook & the discovery of Australia & New Zealand

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Jordan Goodman discusses Captain Cook and the discovery of Australia & New Zealand.

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  • Challenges to the Roman Republic

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Federico Santangelo looks at the challenges the Roman Republic faced both internally and externally.

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  • Charles II

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor John Miller discusses how we should judge the reign of Charles II and ask what was his domestic and international legacy?

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  • Charles V of Spain

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Glyn Redworth looks at the reign of Charles V of Spain.

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  • China 1976 to present: change and reform.

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Arne Westad looks at the changes that have taken place in China since the death of Mao Zedong.

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  • Decline and Fall of the Byzantine Empire

    Podcast

    This podcast looks at the period 1204-1453 and discusses the political, but also cultural history of the Empire in this era with an emphasis on what Byzantium bequeathed to the early modern world - the Renaissance in Italy.

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  • Elizabeth I and Spain: The road to war

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Sue Doran of Christ Church College, Oxford, discusses whether war with Spain was inevitable, why Tudor relations with Spain decline, the Netherlands, Elizabeth I's desire to avoid war, 1581 and the road to war.

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  • English Civil War

    Podcast

    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students examine the English Civil War, including looking at the religious, political, social, and economic causes of the Civil War; the Scottish and Irish dimensions to the conflict; the role of the New Model Army in...

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  • Ferdinand and Isabella: the Unification of Spain

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Glyn Redworth examines the cultural differences and differences of ambition of Ferdinand and Isabella, their marriage as a personal union as opposed to political union, what happened after the death of Queen Isabella in 1504 and motives for unification.

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  • George I and George II

    Podcast

    In this podcast Lucy Worsley of Historic Royal Palaces looks at the early Georgians, the changing relationship between Parliament and Monarchy and Court Politics under George I and George II.

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  • Henry II, the Common Law and Becket

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Nicholas Vincent of the University of East Anglia looks at the reign of Henry II, the establishment of the Common Law and relations with Henry's relationship with Thomas a Becket.

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  • Henry III, Simon de Montfort and the Origins of Parliament

    Podcast

    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students explore the reign of Henry III, baronial grievances and the Second Barons’ War, including the 1258 Provisions of Oxford, the most radical scheme of constitutional reform to be attempted in England until the post-Civil War...

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  • Henry VII - decreasing the power of the Nobility.

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Sean Cunnigham examines how did Henry VII decreased the power of the nobility whilst simultaneously increasing the power of the monarchy.

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  • Henry VII: Legitimizing his throne

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Sean Cunningham of the National Archives looks at how Henry VII legitimized and secured his seat on the throne after the War of the Roses.

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  • How close was England to Absolutism 1660-88?

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor John Miller of Queen Mary University of London looks at English Absolutism 1660-88.

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  • James II, William III and the Glorious Revolution

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Tony Claydon of Bangor University discusses the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

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