Modern

Starting with the nineteenth century and bringing us right up to the debates of today this section contains many brilliant podcasts that explore the recent and current work around us. Revolution, communication, technology, conflict and co-operation are just some of the many complimentary and contradictory themes that are covered in this detailed collection of podcast to explore the global modern era. Read more

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  • Post-War Japan

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    In August 1945 Imperial Japan made an unconditional surrender to the Allies following the dropping of two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima on the 6 August and Nagasaki on 9 August 1945. The surrender announced by Emperor Hirohito finally brought the fighting of the Second World War to an...

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  • Abolition of Slavery

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students examine the campaigns to abolish both the slave trade and slavery itself, including a number of actor readings of pamphlets and speeches that help illustrate key arguments made by abolitionists and defenders of slavery. The...

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  • The South African Labour Movement

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    On 16 June every year South Africa celebrates Youth Day, commemorating the 20,000 students who took part in protests against the Apartheid government in 1976 known as the Soweto uprising. Their courageous act left over 200 people dead and many more injured, but was part of an important stand against...

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  • Steve Biko and the Soweto Revolt (uprising)

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    In 1968 a 22-year-old medical student walked out of the conference for the National Union for South African students. Steve Biko was enraged that Black students at the supposedly anti-apartheid organisation were sleeping in separate dormitories from whites at the conference. Biko formed self-empowerment groups, which were more Black-focused and...

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  • Chinese relations with the USA & USSR after 1945

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    In this podcast, Dr Jim Hoare discusses the impact of the Second World War in increasing tensions between the Chinese communists and nationalists. He also explains the USA’s support for the nationalist Chiang Kai Shek, and therefore why the USA chose to recognise Taiwan over China until the 1970s. Hoare...

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  • Film: The Kennedys and the Gores

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    This film was taken at the HA Annual Conference 2019 in Chester and features the HA's President: Professor Tony Badger who presented Friday's keynote lecture.  Find out more about the HA Conference. In a country that prides itself on its egalitarianism and its democracy, it is perhaps surprising that family...

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  • President Reagan

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    In this podcast Professor Iwan Morgan of University College London examines the impact and significance of Ronald Reagan's presidency. Jimmy Carter came to the re-election bid with an America suffering from a serious bout of low morale. Inflation was 13% a year and unemployment was at 7%, Afghanistan was under...

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  • The British Military in the Korean War

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    In this podcast Dr Grace Huxford of the University of Bristol discusses the  military experience of the British in the Korean War. This podcast was produced as part of the Korean War Teacher Fellowship programme. The Historical Association is delighted to be working with the World History Digital Education Foundation sponsored by the Korea Foundation on...

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  • The Korean War: A British perspective

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    In this podcast Dr Grace Huxford of the University of Bristol examines the Korean War in the eyes of the British domestic audience. This podcast was produced as part of the Korean War Teacher Fellowship programme. The Historical Association is delighted to be working with the World History Digital Education Foundation sponsored by the Korea...

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  • Researching the Korean War

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    In this podcast, Professor Kathryn Weathersby (Korean University), discusses researching the Korean War. This podcast was produced as part of the Korean War Teacher Fellowship programme, and the Historical Association is delighted to be working with the World History Digital Education Foundation sponsored by the Korea Foundation on this programme as part of a wider...

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  • The Chinese intervention in the Korean War

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    In this podcast, Dr Jim Hoare (SOAS), examines the Chinese involvement in the Korean War. This podcast was produced as part of the Korean War Teacher Fellowship programme, and the Historical Association is delighted to be working with the World History Digital Education Foundation sponsored by the Korea Foundation on this programme as part of a...

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  • Britain and the Slave Trade in the 18th Century

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    In this podcast Dr Nicholas Draper of University College London discusses the Britain's involvement with the slave trade in the 18th century. This podcast was funded by the Age of Revolution education legacy project and recorded with the help of Dominic Gibson, Student Ambassador at the University of Kent.  

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  • Booker T. Washington

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    Booker T Washington was the most influential African American leader at the turn of the 20th Century – so much so that at the time of his death he was described by someone as the 'most distinguished man, white or black who has come out of the South since the...

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  • Was the Indian Independence movement a unified movement?

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    In this podcast Dr Pritipuspa Mishra of the University of Southampton discusses to what extent the Indian Independence movement was a unified movement.

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  • The Language & Politics of the Indian Independence Movement

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    In this podcast Dr Pritipuspa Mishra of the University of Southampton discusses how the language and politics of the Indian Independence movement changed between 1847 and 1947.

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  • The Rise of American Empire, 1865-1920

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    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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  • Global Maoism

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    In this podcast Dr Julia Lovell of Birckbeck, University of London, discusses the role and significance of Global Maoism in the development of the Cold War.

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  • The Great Depression

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    In this podcast Professor Peter Fearon of the University of Leicester discusses the economic and social impact of the Great Depression in the United States.

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

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    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 Origins of the LGBT Movement in the U.S.

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    In this podcast from 2017, 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. In the years following the social disruption caused by WWII, there was...

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