All Courses

History

The Tudors – Henry VIII and the English Reformation, 1509-47

In this course, Dr Tracey Sowerby (University of Oxford) explores the reign of Henry VIII, thinking in particular about the English Reformation. We begin by focusing on decision-making in the Henrician court, before looking at the reasons behind...

5 lectures

0:59:15

Dr Tracey Sowerby

Oxford University

History

The First Crusade, 1095-99

In this course, Dr Nicholas Morton (Nottingham Trent University) explores the First Crusade, a massive military campaign in the Near East which ended with the Crusaders' capture of Jerusalem in 1099. The course begins by considering the nature of...

6 lectures

1:13:35

Dr Nicholas Morton

Nottingham Trent University

History

Ireland in the 20th Century, 1912-Present

This course explores the making of modern Ireland, beginning in 1912 and ending in the modern day, and is split into five modules. The first module ('Birth of a Nation, 1912-32') looks at the violent period in Irish history between...

5 lectures

1:31:19

Prof. Brian Girvin

Glasgow 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

English Literature

Joyce: Dubliners

In this course, we look at James Joyce's collection of short stories, Dubliners. In particular, we explore key themes in the collection by looking at groups of 2-3 stories. Having given an introduction to the Dublin of the late-19th and...

6 lectures

1:09:17

Mr Nicholas Collins

Warwick University

History

The High Noon of Empire, 1815-1902

In this course, Dr Sascha Auerbach (University of Nottingham) explores the ‘high noon’ of the British Empire, beginning with the defeat of Napoleon in 1815, and closing with the end of the Second Boer War in 1902. As we move...

6 lectures

0:50:38

Dr Sascha Auerbach

Nottingham University

History

The Reign of Charles I, 1625-49

In this course, Dr David Smith (University of Cambridge) explores the reign of Charles I of England. The course begins by thinking about Charles’ reputation among modern historians, before considering his reign in four parts: his early life and...

5 lectures

0:46:54

Dr David Smith

Cambridge University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

The Philosophy of Equality

At least since the French Revolution, equality has served as one of the leading ideals of the body politic, and today remains one of the key tenets in modern Western democracies. But is equality always a good thing? Is it...

5 lectures

1:06:53

Dr Nikolas Kirby

Oxford University

History

The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe and North America, 1500-1700

In this course, Robin Briggs (University of Oxford) explores the witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America, looking in particular at Germany, England, Salem and the Duchy of Lorraine. As we move through the course, we think about the...

6 lectures

0:58:28

Mr Robin Briggs

Oxford 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

English Literature

Ford Madox Ford: The Good Soldier

In this course, Professor Max Saunders (King's College, London) explores Ford Madox Ford's 1915 novel, the Good Soldier. We begin by providing a brief introduction to Ford Madox Ford and his literary circle, before discussing his status as an...

5 lectures

0:41:50

Prof. Max Saunders

King's College London

English Literature

Classics & Ancient History

Tragedy: A Complete History

In this course, Professor John Lennard explores the history of tragedy from its origins in ancient Athens to the present day. In the first three modules, we think about the tragedy of Classical Athens, looking in particular at the plays...

20 lectures

4:54:53

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

Get instant access to over 5,800 lectures