Topic guides

New topics don’t have to be scary. If you want to get ahead of the game and find out what the essentials are that you need to know, then you’ll find our handy short topic guides a useful place to start.

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  • GCSE Guide: OCR Migration

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    In this podcast series designed to support students studying the OCR A unit on migration to Britain c.1000-2010, Martin Spafford outlines the essentials that students should know and understand. Slightly differently to the OCR B unit on migration, the OCR A unit's focus is mainly upon similarity and difference and...

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  • AQA Thematic Study on Migration

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    The AQA thematic study on migration is designed for students to gain an understanding of how the identity of the people of Britain has been shaped by their interaction with the wider world and also takes in invasion and conquest. Students must understand the ebb and flow of peoples into...

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  • Podcast Series: The Women's Movement

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    In Part 2 of our series on Social and Political Change in the UK 1800-present we look at the Women's Movement in the UK from its early origins through to the end of the 20th century Part 2 features Dr Anne Logan, Professor June Hannam and Ms Jean Spence.

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  • The Aztecs & Spanish Conquest for GCSE

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    Ian Mursell set up Mexicolore in 1980 with his Mexican partner Graciela Sánchez and has worked since then with a wide variety of heritage and academic partners specialising in Aztec and Maya history. With the Aztecs now becoming a study unit on the OCR 2016 GCSE specification B, the Historical...

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  • Crime & Punishment - Factors and Time Periods

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    The history of crime and punishment across time spreads over 2500 years. It is really important that you have a way of making sense of this. In this podcast you will hear how the course has been divided into time periods, and learn about the main factors that affect crime,...

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  • Roman Crime and Punishment

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    The Romans are known as forward thinkers who were well advanced for their time.  But did they manage to conquer crime? Listen to this podcast to find out. Roman Crime and Punishment Podcast>>>

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  • Podcast Series: Politics, Reform and War.

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    In Part 1 of our series on Social and Political Change in the UK 1800-present we look at UK political history, political reform and the domestic impact of the World Wars. This series features Professor Eric Evans, Professor Stanley Henig, Professor Richard Grayson, Professor Keith Laybourn, Dr Daniel Todman and Dr Helen Parr.

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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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  • Podcast Series: Modern Irish History

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    An HA Podcasted Series on Modern Irish History featuring Professor Peter Gray, Dr Fearghal McGarry & Dr Stuart Aveyard of Queen's University of Belfast and Dr Matthew Kelly of the University of Southampton.

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  • Podcast Series: Modern China

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    An HA Podcasted History of Modern China  featuring Dr Yangwen Zeng of the University of Manchester, Professor Rana Mitter and Professor Patricia Thornton of the University of Oxford and Professor Arne Westad of the London School of Economics. 

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  • Podcast Series: Russia and the USSR

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    An HA Podcasted History of Russia and the USSR featuring Dr Beryl Williams, Dr Jonathan Davis of Anglia Ruskin University, Dr Edwin Bacon of Birkbeck University of London and Professor Peter Waldron of the University of East Anglia.

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  • GCSE Podcasts: The Road to World War II

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    Aaron Wilkes and Katrina Shearman of Castle High School in Dudley discuss one of the key topics for modern world history students: The Road to World War II.

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  • GCSE Podcasts: The World War 1 Peace Treaties

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    Aaron Wilkes and Katrina Shearman of Castle High School in Dudley discuss one of the key topics for modern world history students: The Peace Treaties of World War 1. We have produced four podcasts with the first looking at the The state of Europe after the War, the second podcast examining...

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  • Podcast Series: Britain's Cold War

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    In this set of podcasts our author Dr Helen Parr examines Britain's role in the Cold War. Katharine Hudson, General Secretary of CND, looks at the history of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in Britain.

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  • GCSE Podcasts: The League of Nations

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    Aaron Wilkes and Katrina Shearman of Castle High School in Dudley discuss one of the key topics for modern world history students: The League of Nations. We have produced three podcasts with the first looking at the Origins, Structure and Limitations of the League of Nations, the second podcast examining the League of...

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  • The Bloody Code - Early Modern Crime and Punishment

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    Between circa 1690 and 1820 the number of crimes punishable by the death penalty grew from 50 to over 200. This short podcast will help to explain why this trend developed.The Bloody Code - Podcast>>>

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  • Crime and Punishment - Roman to Early Modern

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    This podcast gives you an overview of the main changes and continuities in crime, punishment, trials and policing between the end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Early Modern Period.Rome to Early Modern Crime and Punishment>>>

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  • The Cold War

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    The Cold War on one page: This short factoid will help you to remember the key dates, events and personalities of the Cold war. Why not download it for your bedroom wall or folder?

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  • Medieval Medicine Podcast

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    In this HA Podcast Ian Dawson looks at medicine during the medieval period.

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  • Hitler's Rise to Power: GCSE Class Discussion

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    In this video a GCSE history group from Sawston Village College discuss whether Hitler's rise to power was inevitable.

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