Society

How people group together, organise their rules and systems are all part of what create a society. In this section articles examine the nature of society how it interacts with other themes of culture, power, etc. and how societies have developed and changed over time. The structures of the ancient world are explored as are the complex feudal systems and the varied societies of Empire and modernity.

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  • The Industrial Revolution & the Town

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Roey Sweet of the University of Leicester discusses the impact the Industrial Revolution had on towns and cities in Britain in the 18th century.

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  • The Irish Famine

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Peter Gray examines the impact and significance of the Irish Famine and looks at why it was so devastating.

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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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  • The Levellers

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Michael Braddick discusses how radical the political objectives of some of the negotiators were.

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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 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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  • The Origins of the LGBT Movement in the U.S.

    Podcast

    In this podcast Joshua Hollands of University College London discusses the early LGBT civil rights movement in the United States from the end of World War II, through the Stonewall Riots to political mobilisation and Gay Pride.

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  • The Road to the First English Civil War

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Jackie Eales of Canterbury Christchurch University and former President of the Historical Association looks at the road to the First Civil War.

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  • The Scottish Islands in the Medieval Period

    Podcast

    In this short podcast Dr Alex Woolf looks at the slow Gaelicisation of the Scottish islands over the medieval period.

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  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Gad Heuman of the University of Warwick examines the origins of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, the triangular trade, race, slave society and the changing interpretations of the abolition of the slave trade.

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  • The U.S. LGBT Movement from the 1990s

    Podcast

    In this podcast Joshua Hollands of University College London looks at the history of the U.S. LGBT movement from the early 1990s to the present.

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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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  • 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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  • UK 1964-79 - Domestic problems under the Labour and Conservative Governments

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Keith Laybourn of the University of Huddersfield discusses the key reasons for the growing domestic problems under the Labour and Conservative Governments 1964-79 and looks at the effectiveness of their response.

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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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  • Women and the Family in Ancient Greece and Rome

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Richard Hawley of Royal Holloway, University of London, looks at women and the family in Ancient Greece and Rome.

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  • Women's Voices in Ancient Greece & Rome

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Richard Hawley of Royal Holloway, University of London discusses women writers in Ancient Greece & Rome such as Sappho.

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