English Literature

Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter

In this course, Dr Nicholas Lawrence (University of Warwick) explores Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel, The Scarlett Letter (1850). In the first module, we think about the tension in the novel between the traditional and the modern, focusing...

6 lectures

0:55:58

Dr Nick Lawrence

Warwick University

History

John Wycliffe and the Lollards, 1350-1500

In this course, Professor John Arnold (University of Cambridge) explores the theology of John Wycliffe and the heretical movement which he inspired known as Lollardy. In the first module, we think about the life and times of John Wycliffe himself,...

6 lectures

0:51:22

Prof. John Arnold

Cambridge University

History

The Battle of Mohács, 1526

In this course, Dr Colin Imber (University of Manchester) explores the Battle of Mohács (1526), fought between the Ottoman forces led by Ibrahim Pasha and the Hungarian forces of Louis II. We begin by tracing the arduous journey of the...

5 lectures

0:49:07

Dr Colin Imber

Manchester University

History

The Ascendency of the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1606

In this course, Dr Colin Imber (University of Manchester) explores the rise of the Ottoman Empire from the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 to the Peace of Zsitvatorok in 1606. We begin with the careers of Mehmed II (1451-81) and...

6 lectures

1:03:57

Dr Colin Imber

Manchester University

History

International Relations in Europe, 1914-39

In this course, Professor David Stevenson (London School of Economics) explores international relations in Europe in the period 1914-39. We begin by thinking about the origins of the First World War and the extent to which each of the major...

6 lectures

1:07:51

Prof. David Stevenson

London School of Economics

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