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 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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  • Nixon & Watergate

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Iwan Morgan of University College London looks at President Nixon's first term in office, the Watergate Scandal and the significance of the scandal on American politics.

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  • The Southern Princes of Powys

    Podcast

    Gwenwynwyn ab Owain Cyfeiliog (died c. 1216) was the last major ruler of mid Wales before the completion of the Norman English invasion. Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn (died c. 1286), son of Gwenwynwyn ab Owain Cyfeiliog was a Welsh prince who was lord of the part of Powys known as Powys...

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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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  • The Welsh Marches

    Podcast

    The terms "Welsh March" and "the March of Wales" (in Medieval Latin Marchia Walliae) were originally used in the Middle Ages to denote the territory/marches between England and the Principality of Wales, in which Marcher lords had specific rights, exercised to some extent independently of the king of England. In...

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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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  • Podcast Series: German History 1918-1948

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    An HA Podcasted History of Modern German History: 1918-1948 featuring: Sir Ian Kershaw, Professor Jill Stephenson of the University of Edinburgh, Dr Christina von Hodenberg of Queen Mary, University of London and Professor Benjamin Ziemann of the University of Sheffield.

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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 & 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 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 Wars of the Roses

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Michael Hicks of the University of Winchester looks at the origins, the development and the conclusion of the Wars of the Roses.

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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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  • Richard II and the Peasants' Revolt

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr James Davis of Queens University Belfast discusses the reign of Richard II and the origins and significance of the Peasants' Revolt.

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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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  • Richard III

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Michael Hicks looks at the reign of Richard III.

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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 Rise of the Nazi Party

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Stephenson looks at the rise of the Nazi Party: How important to Nazi support were the crises of 1923? How important was the Wall Street Crash to the Nazi seizure of power in 1933? To what extent was the Nazi seizure of power a legal revolution?

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  • What was Hitlers role?

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Christina von Hodenberg of Queen Mary, University of London looks at Hitler's role and explores both Hitler's intentions and motives and the structures and local elites around him.

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  • Nazi creation of a Volksgemeinschaft

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Stephenson examines the extent that the Nazis were able to create a Volksgemeinschaft and the role propaganda played.

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  • Nazi Policy: From persecution to extermination.

    Podcast

    In this podcast Sir Ian Kershaw examines how Nazi policy on the Jews progressed from persecution to extermination.

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