Early Modern

Traditionally, the Early Modern period covers the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries and we have kept to this tradition. Empires and the dominance of trade have a strong presence in the history of this period and that is seen and felt on a global scale. The podcasts here explore how those to factors also influence social history and cultural legacies. Read more

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  • The Mayflower voyage and the English settlement of North America

    Podcast

    The 1620 Mayflower voyage was the result of the desire of a religious Christian group, the Puritans, who wished to break away from the Church of England and create a new community away from Catholic-influenced Europe. Plans for the voyage were fraught with problems in the summer of 1620, and the...

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  • The Ottoman impact on the development of Islam

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    In this podcast, Dr. Fred Anscombe explores changes in the religion of Islam through the period of the Ottoman Empire. He describes the different principles of Islam known as Sufism, Hanafi, and Sharia, and how they influenced the Ottomans.

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  • The Ottoman impact on their subjects

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    In this podcast Dr Fred Anscombe highlights the vastness of the Ottoman Empire, and explores shared common characteristics of culture and philosophy, and what made them unified as 'Ottoman'. He argues that the common terminology of referring to the Ottomans as Turks is questionable since the empire was so vast. He also explains how...

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  • The Songhay Empire 1450-1591

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    In this podcast Dr Toby Green of King's College London examines the history of the Songhay (Songhai) Empire, which dominated the Western Sahel region of West Africa during the 15th-16th centuries.

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  • The Kingdom of Kongo 1400-1709

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Toby Green of King's College London discusses the Kingdom of Kongo.

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  • The Kingdom of Benin 1500-1750

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    In this podcast Dr Toby Green of King's College London examines the rise and fall of the Kingdom of Benin.

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  • The Kingdoms and Empires of Oyo and Dahomey 1608-1800

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    In this podcast Dr Toby Green of King's College London looks at the African Kingdoms and Empires of Oyo and Dahomey 1608-1800, in the area that today is Benin and North central Nigeria.

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  • Early British America

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    Following on from the complementary podcast on the sailing of the Mayflower, this podcast with Dr Sarah Pearsall of the University of Cambridge explores the early British Settlements in America and their development into a new society moving towards statehood. It looks at who the settlers were and their relationships with the Native...

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  • From Rebellion to Republic

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Rachel Herrmann of the University of Southampton looks at the key challenges faced by the United States after winning the War of Independence.

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  • The Rise of the Spanish Empire in the New World

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Glyn Redworth looks at the factors that led to the Spanish Empire in the new world, why Ferdinand and Isabella backed Columbus and discusses how Spain was able to consolidate an Empire of such magnitude.

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  • The British Empire in India

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    In this podcast Dr Jon Wilson of King's College London looks at the origins of the British Empire in India, the importance of the East India Company, Anglo-French rivalry in India, the significance of relations between the British and the Indian princes for the expansion of British rule, the Governor...

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  • The Origins of the British Empire

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    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 Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

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    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. (See also podcast The business of slavery: Economic history in the classroom from the HA's Britain and...

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  • The British Empire: Relations with the American colonies

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    In this podcast Professor Stephen Conway of University College London discusses the relations between the American colonies and Britain before, during and after the American War of Independence.

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  • The Fall & Rise of Islamic Europe & its' impact on European Jews

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    In this podcast Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary University of London looks at how the Reconquista and the rise of the Ottoman Empire affected the European Jewish community.

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  • Captain Cook & the discovery of Australia & New Zealand

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

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  • The Decline of the Mughal Empire

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    In this podcast Ushma Williams looks at the decline, fall and legacy of the Mughal Empire.

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  • Akbar and the consolidation of Mughal control

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    In this podcast Ushma Williams looks at the consolidation of Mughal control over India, political and economic developments, the impact of India on Akbar and the Mughal relationship with the Safavids, Ottomans and Europeans.

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  • The Emergence of the Mughal Empire

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    In this podcast Ushma Williams looks at the emergence of the Mughal Empire.

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  • End of the World Cults

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Penelope Corfield looks at the history of 'End of the World Cults'.

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