History

The British Civil Wars, 1639-51

In this course, Professor John Morrill (University of Cambridge) thinks about the British Civil Wars, the intertwined series of conflicts that ravaged England, Ireland and Scotland in the mid-17th century. In the first two modules, we think about...

6 lectures

1:01:44

Prof. John Morrill

Cambridge University

History

The Vietnam War, 1945-75

In this course, Dr Patrick Hagopian (University of Lancaster) explores the history of the Vietnam War, from Ho Chi Minh's Proclamation of Independence in September 1945 to the Fall of Saigon at the end of April 1975. In the first...

6 lectures

1:31:45

Dr Patrick Hagopian

Lancaster University

History

The French Wars of Religion, 1562-98

In this course, Professor Mark Greengrass (University of Sheffield) explores the French Wars of Religion. In the first module, we consider whether the Wars of Religion are a period or a problem, thinking in particular about the key characteristics...

6 lectures

1:01:52

Prof. Mark Greengrass

Sheffield University

Philosophy

Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy

In this course, Professor Cottingham (University of Reading) explores René Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy. In the first module, we provide a brief introduction to Descartes himself and his philosophical system, as described in his...

6 lectures

0:49:57

Prof. John Cottingham

Reading University

History

France in the Reign of Henry IV, 1589-1610

In this course, Dr Tom Hamilton (University of Cambridge) explores the life and reign of Henry IV of France, the king celebrated for his role in ending the Wars of Religion. The first lecture considers Henry's early life in the...

5 lectures

1:00:32

Dr Tom Hamilton

Cambridge University

Philosophy

The Philosophy of Free Will

In this course, Professor Thomas Pink (King's College, London) explores the philosophical problem of free will. The course begins by thinking about what free will actually is, before going on to ask why free will is actually a problem for...

5 lectures

0:56:01

Prof. Thomas Pink

King's College, London

History

Napoleon, 1795-1815

In this course, Professor Michael Broers (University of Oxford) thinks about one of the most influential figures in European history: Napoleon Bonaparte. In the first module, we explore Napoleon's rise to power between 1795-99, before moving on in...

4 lectures

0:37:42

Prof. Michael Broers

Oxford University

Philosophy

Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit

In this course, Professor Robert Stern (University of Sheffield) explores Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. The course begins with a discussion of Hegel's life and times and the political and philosophical context in which he lived, before...

10 lectures

1:24:36

Prof. Robert Stern

Sheffield University

Philosophy

Spinoza: Ethics

In this course, Professor Susan James (Birkbeck, University of London) discusses Spinoza's Ethics, widely considered to be his magnum opus. In the first module, we think about Spinoza's ontological framework, including his remarkable claim that...

5 lectures

0:49:37

Prof. Susan James

Birkbeck College, London

History

The Rise of Islam, c. 650-750

In this course, Dr Amira Bennison (University of Cambridge) explores the rise and spread of Islam. The course begins by considering the situation in the Arabian Peninsula before the rise of Islam—focusing in particular on the extent to which the...

8 lectures

0:55:17

Dr Amira Bennison

Cambridge University

History

World War I: Causes and Origins, 1815-1914

In this course, Dr Sascha Auerbach (University of Nottingham) explores the causes and origins of the First World War. The course begins with a broad overview of Europe in the nineteenth century, as Europe moved from co-operation in the first...

6 lectures

0:47:12

Dr Sascha Auerbach

Nottingham University

History

The US Civil Rights Movement, c. 1945-70

In this course, Dr Tom Davies (University of Sussex) focuses on the struggle for civil rights in the United States from the late 1940s to the 1960s. The course begins with an introduction to race relations in the United States,...

6 lectures

1:02:30

Dr Tom Davies

Sussex University