History

Russia: The Rule of Stalin, 1922-41

In this course, Dr Arfon Rees (University of Birmingham) thinks about Stalinist Russia in the period 1917-41. We begin by providing an overview of Russian history from the late 19th century up to the end of the Russian Civil War...

6 lectures

1:14:51

Dr Arfon Rees

Birmingham University

History

China – The First Opium War, 1839-42

In this course, Dr Lars Laamann (SOAS) explores the First Opium War, 1839-42. The course begins by considering the history of trade between China and the West from the 1st century BC to the mid-17th century AD. After that, we...

8 lectures

1:05:32

Dr Lars Laamann

SOAS, University of London

History

The Reformation in Europe, 1522-64

In this course, Professor Alec Ryrie (University of Durham) explores the Reformation in Europe from the rise of Zwingli in the 1520s to the death of Calvin in 1564. In the first module, we think about the expansion of Lutheranism...

6 lectures

0:51:54

Prof. Alec Ryrie

Durham University

Classics & Ancient History

The Persian Wars, 490-479 BC

In this course, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) explores the Greco-Persian Wars of 490-79 BC. We begin by exploring the concept of Greekness before turning in the second module to think about the extent to which the Greeks...

5 lectures

0:47:58

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

History

The Fall of Constantinople, 1453

In this course, Professor Jonathan Harris (Royal Holloway, London) explores the capture of Byzantium by the Ottomans in late May 1453. We begin by thinking of the decline of the Byzantine Empire, and the growth of the Ottoman Empire, in...

6 lectures

0:57:28

Prof. Jonathan Harris

Royal Holloway, London

History

Russia: The End of Imperial Russia, 1894-1917

In this course, Professor Peter Waldron (University of East Anglia) explores the end of Tsarist Russia, tracing events from the beginning of Nicholas II's reign in 1894 to the Revolutions of 1917 that saw the rise of Lenin, Trotsky and...

5 lectures

0:57:52

Prof. Peter Waldron

University of East Anglia

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic

In this course, Dr Ed Bispham (University of Oxford) explores the politics of the late Republic, from the death of Tiberius Gracchus (133 BC) to the death of Cicero (43 BC). We begin by thinking about how the Roman constitution...

6 lectures

1:05:53

Dr Ed Bispham

Oxford University

History

The Fourth Crusade, 1202-04

In this course, Dr Nicholas Morton (Nottingham Trent University) explores the Fourth Crusade (1202-04). We begin by thinking about the origins of the Fourth Crusade, focusing in particular on the preparations made by Pope Innocent III, the deal...

4 lectures

0:28:27

Dr Nicholas Morton

Nottingham Trent University

History

The Third Crusade, 1189-92

In this course, Dr Nicholas Morton (Nottingham Trent University) explores the Third Crusade (1189-92). We start by thinking about the origins of the Third Crusade, focusing in particular on the annihilation of the Crusader forces at the Battle of...

4 lectures

0:38:16

Dr Nicholas Morton

Nottingham Trent University

History

The Reign of Richard I, 1189-99

In this course, Dr Hugh Doherty (University of East Anglia) explores the reign of King Richard I (1189-99). We begin by considering Richard's reputation among modern historians, focusing in particular on the three main criticism levelled at the...

6 lectures

0:39:03

Dr Hugh Doherty

University of East Anglia

History

The Wars of the Roses, c. 1450-1525

In this course, Professor Michael Hicks (University of Winchester) explores the Wars of the Roses, c. 1450 – c. 1525. In the first module, we explore the English system of government in the late Medieval period, focusing in particular on...

6 lectures

1:00:25

Prof. Michael Hicks

Winchester University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: The Nature of the Gods

In this course, Dr Emma Aston (University of Reading) explores Greek religion, focusing in particular on the nature of the gods in Greek thought. In the first module, we think about the concept of anthropomorphism (i.e. the fact that the...

5 lectures

1:02:41

Dr Emma Aston

Reading University