History

Government & Politics

British History: Six Key Elections, 1906-51

In this course, Professor Adrian Smith (University of Southampton) thinks about British history in the first half of the twentieth century through six key elections—1906, 1923, 1931, 1945, 1950 and 1951. As we look at each election, we explore the...

6 lectures

0:49:00

Prof. Adrian Smith

Southampton University

History

Germany – The Unification of Germany, 1815-71

In this course, Dr Anna Ross (University of Oxford) explores the unification of Germany, starting with the proclamation of the German Empire on the 18th January 1871, and moving back in time to consider how the Germans had reached this...

5 lectures

0:46:48

Dr Anna Ross

Oxford University

History

Charles II, James II and the Glorious Revolution, 1660-88

In this course, we explore the reigns of three kings of England, and one queen: Charles II, James II, and William and Mary. Beginning with the Restoration of Charles II in 1660, we begin by exploring in some detail Charles’...

5 lectures

0:42:50

Dr David Smith

Cambridge University

History

Mexico and the War on Drugs, 1492-Present

In this course, Dr Benjamin Smith (University of Warwick) gives an account of the drug trade in Mexico from the pre-colonial period to the present day. After a brief history of the South American continent, including an account of the...

6 lectures

0:32:11

Dr Benjamin Smith

Warwick University

History

World War I: The Military Strategies of the Great Powers, 1914-18

In this course, Dr Rob Johnson (University of Oxford) looks at the First World War from the point of view of the military strategies of each side. The course begins by considering the preparations for war, particularly those of Germany,...

5 lectures

0:53:07

Dr Rob Johnson

Oxford University

History

Slavery and the US Civil War, 1775-1865

In this course, Professor Tim Lockley (University of Warwick) looks at the institution of slavery in the United States, thinking in particular about the period between the Revolutionary War (1775-83) and the American Civil War (1861-65). In...

5 lectures

0:27:07

Prof. Tim Lockley

Warwick University

History

The Rise of Italian Fascism, 1911-39

In this course, Dr Hannah Malone (University of Cambridge) explores the rise of Italian Fascism, focusing in particular on five key questions: (1) How did the experience of the First World War contribute to the rise of Fascism? (2) Was...

7 lectures

0:55:47

Dr Hannah Malone

Cambridge University

Philosophy

Mind-Body Dualism

In this course, Dr Cressida Gaukroger (University College, London) explores the philosophical theory of mind-body dualism—the theory that mind and body are distinct kinds of substances. The course begins by considering how dualism differs from...

6 lectures

1:09:05

Dr Cressida Gaukroger

University College London

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid: Book 6

In this course, Professor Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge) explores the sixth book of Virgil’s Aeneid. Beginning with a discussion of the place of Book 6 in the poem as a whole, we then go through the whole of Book...

6 lectures

1:04:23

Prof. Philip Hardie

Cambridge University

History

The Unification of Italy, 1796-1871

In this course, Dr Marcella Sutcliffe (University of Cambridge) explores Italy's unification movement, starting with Napoleon’s invasion of Italy in the late 1790s, and ending with the unification of Italy in 1861. As we move through the course,...

7 lectures

0:42:20

Dr Marcella Sutcliffe

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Aeschylus: Agamemnon

In this course, Dr Oliver Thomas (University of Nottingham) explores Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, the first part of Aeschylus’ great trilogy, the Oresteia, which was first performed in Athens in 458 BC. After a brief introduction to the trilogy as a...

6 lectures

1:08:18

Dr Oliver Thomas

Nottingham University

History

The End of the British Empire, 1945-1968

In this course, Dr Simon Potter (University of Bristol) explores the final decades of the British Empire, from the end of the Second World War in 1945 to Britain’s withdrawal of troops “East of Suez”, announced by Harold Wilson in...

6 lectures

1:01:22

Dr Simon Potter

Bristol University