History

The English Civil War, 1642-51

In this course, Professor Mike Braddick (University of Sheffield) explores the English Civil War (1642-51) through the lens of radical and revolution. We begin by thinking about the causes of the war in England, focusing in particular on why the...

5 lectures

0:50:09

Prof. Michael Braddick

Sheffield University

History

Russia: The Rise and Reign of Stalin, 1878-1938

In this course, Professor Christopher Read (University of Warwick) examines the rise of Joseph Stalin from his birth in 1878 to the eve of the Second World War in 1938. We begin in the first module by thinking about his early life, including...

7 lectures

1:21:22

Prof. Christopher Read

Warwick University

Classics & Ancient History

Slavery in the Ancient Greek World

In this course, Dr David Lewis (University of Edinburgh) explores slavery in ancient Greece. We begin by looking at the earliest evidence for slavery in the Greek world, focusing in particular on the descriptions of slavery in the Linear B ...

6 lectures

0:51:29

Dr David Lewis

Edinburgh University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid: Book 11

In this course, Professor Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores Book 11 of Virgil’s Aeneid. In the first module, we think about Book 11 in relation to its position within the epic as a whole, focusing in particular on its relation to the...

4 lectures

0:45:09

Prof. Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

History

The Trial and Execution of Charles I, 1648-49

In this course, Professor John Morrill (University of Cambridge) examines one of the most extraordinary events in British political history: the execution of the king, Charles I, in January 1649. We begin in the first module by thinking about who...

5 lectures

0:43:41

Prof. John Morrill

Cambridge University

History

Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1653

In this course, Professor John Morrill (University of Cambridge) examines the life of Oliver Cromwell from obscure beginnings in Cambridgeshire to his election as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1653. In the ...

6 lectures

0:53:15

Prof. John Morrill

Cambridge University

English Literature

Priestley: An Inspector Calls

In this course, Professor John McRae explores J. B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. In the first module, we provide a broad introduction to the play, focusing in particular on the influence of Gogol’s ‘The Government Inspector’ and the ...

15 lectures

2:27:10

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

History

Russia: The Revolution of 1905

In this course, Dr Jonathan Smele (Queen Mary, University of London) explores the (so-called) Revolution of 1905. We begin in the first module by considering whether this was a revolution at all and – if so – whether we should see events as being ...

5 lectures

1:08:22

Dr Jonathan Smele

Queen Mary, University of London

Classics & Ancient History

The Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC

In this course, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) gives a detailed account of the Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC. We begin by clarifying some of the terminology used to discuss the war, including the question of what we should ...

9 lectures

1:30:21

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Iliad: Characterisation

In this course, Professor Richard Jenkyns (University of Oxford) explores the theme of characterisation in Homer's Iliad, focusing in particular on fourteen key characters. In the first module, we think about what we mean by the terms 'character'...

5 lectures

0:50:58

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Wife of Bath's Tale

In this course, Professor Marion Turner (University of Oxford) explores The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, part of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. We begin by thinking about the portrait of the Wife of Bath in the General Prologue of the Canterbury...

5 lectures

0:54:45

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

Philosophy

Utilitarianism

In this course, Dr Iain Law (University of Birmingham) thinks about utilitarianism, one of the three major normative ethical theories alongside Kantian deontological ethics and virtue ethics. In the first module, we introduce the concept of a...

7 lectures

1:12:12

Dr Iain Law

Birmingham University