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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  • A Historiography of the British Empire

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    In this podcast Dr Larry Butler of the University of East Anglia examines how have interpretations of the British Empire have changed over the years.

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  • Abolition of Slavery

    Podcast

    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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  • After the Civil War: The Rise of an Economic Power

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    In this podcasts Dr Christopher Phelps of the University of Nottingham discusses how did the United States developed into being the dominant economic power of the early 20th century.

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  • Apartheid

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Tim Gibbs of University College London looks at the development and eventual fall of apartheid. The system of racial segregation in South Africa that was apartheid led to one of the most distinct and unjust systems of government in late twentieth century history. This podcast examines...

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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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  • Britain & the Cold War

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    In this podcast Dr Helen Parr of Keele University looks at the effect of the Cold War on Britain and the role Britain played.

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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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  • Britain's Retreat from Empire

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    In this podcast Professor A J Stockwell looks at Britain's retreat from Empire from 1914, examining how and why this retreat began, the pressure for independence across the Empire, new imperialism, the changing relationship between rulers and ruled, how Britain attempted to manage retreat, decolonisation and the legacy of the...

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  • Canadian Confederation

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    In this podcast Professor Edward MacDonald of the University of Prince Edward Island discusses the origins of the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, Canadian Confederation and the development of Canada over the 20th Century.

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  • Changing views of the Russian Revolution

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    In this podcast Dr Beryl Williams discusses how historians views of the Russian Revolution have changed over time in Russia and the West.

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  • Chiang Kai-shek and The Kuomintang

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    In this podcast Professor Arne Westad of the London School of Economics looks at the successes and failures of Chiang Kai Shek.

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  • China 1976 to present: change and reform.

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    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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  • 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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  • Detente - The Cold War

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    What brought about the era of detente between the Superpowers in the 1970s? In this podcast Dr Alex Pravda of St Antony's College, University of Oxford the impact and significance of the Policy of Detente.

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  • Developments in firearms 1700 to WWI

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    In this podcast Jonathan Ferguson of the Royal Armouries Museum discusses the development of firearms from the musket to the machine gun. This podcast looks at how the firearms developed through conflicts such as the American Revolutionary War, the Naploeonic Wars, The American Civil War and World War I.

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  • Espionage in the 20th and 21st centuries

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    In this podcast Trevor Barnes looks at the development of global intelligence and security services from their early origins to the present day. He examines at the role these services had during the two World Wars, the signficance of espionage in the development of the Cold War and the importance and...

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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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  • First Wave Feminism in the US

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    In this podcast Dr Jon Coburn of the University of Lincoln looks at the origins, development and successes of first wave feminism in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Dr Coburn also examines the changing interpretations of this early period of the American Women's rights...

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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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  • History of Electricity

    Podcast

    In this series of podcasts Dr Patricia Fara of Clare College, Cambridge, examines the role of the Royal Society in the development of electricity.

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