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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  • The First Crusade - Development across Europe and Asia Minor

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Riley-Smith looks at the epic nature of the First Crusade and how the crusade proceeded across Europe and Asia Minor.

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  • The Franco-British Rivalry

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Roey Sweet of the University of Leicester looks at the relationship between Britain and France in the 18th century.

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  • The French Revolution and the Terror

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor David Andress of the University of Portsmouth looks at how the French Revolution developed and the emergence of the Terror.

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  • The Great War and the Easter Rising

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Fearghal McGarry of Queens University Belfast discusses the Easter Rising.

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  • The Hundred Years War

    Podcast

    In this set of podcasts Professor Anne Curry, of the University of Southampton and former President of the Historical Association, provides an introduction to the Hundred Years War, looking at its origin, legacy and the role of Henry V and Henry VI.

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  • The Impact of Stalin's Leadership 1924-1941

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Jonathan Davis of Anglia Ruskin University look at the USSR from 1924-1941 and the impact of Stalin's leadership in the USSR during this period.

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  • The Irish Confederate War and the Cromwellian Conquest

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Sean Connolly of Queen's University Belfast examines the Eleven Years War, its' context within the English Civil War and alliances between differing Catholic and Protestant sides.

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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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  • The Islamic conquest of Spain and the Reconquista

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Francois Soyer, of the University of Southampton, looks at the establishment of an Islamic Spain, the transmission of knowledge from the Islamic world to Latin Christendom and the Reconquista

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  • The Jacobites

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Nigel Aston of the University of Leicester examines the Jacobites and the Jacobite risings that took place between 1688 and 1746.

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  • The Kingdom of Alba

    Podcast

    In this set of podcast Dr Alex Woolf of the University of St. Andrews looks at the formation and early political development of Scotland.

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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 of the British Empire

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Trevor Burnard of the University of Warwick looks at the the primary forces which led to the development of the British Empire, the role of commerce and trade, the role of war in imperial expansion during this period and the importance of the slave trade.

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  • The Origins of the Norman Conquest

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor David Bates of the University of East Anglia looks at the origins of the Norman Conquest.

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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 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 Restoration in Ireland

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor David Hayton of Queen's University Belfast discusses the impact of the Restoration on Ireland.

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  • The Rise & Fall of Napoleon

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Malcolm Crook of Keele University looks at the rise and fall of Napoleon.

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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 an Islamic Civilisation

    Podcast

    An HA Podcasted History of the Rise of an Islamic Civilisation featuring Dr Caroline Goodson of Birkbeck, University of London.

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