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The Unification of Italy, 1796-1871

In this course, Dr David Laven (University of Nottingham) explores the Unification of Italy between 1789-1871. We begin by thinking about what Italy was like in the late 18th century, emphasising its regional diversity in terms of both politics...

12 lectures

2:08:45

Dr David Laven

Nottingham University

History

The Tudors – Foreign Policy, 1509-1603

In this course, Professor Susan Doran (University of Oxford) explores Tudor foreign policy through six key questions: (1) Why did Henry VIII spend so much time at war against France?; (2) Why was foreign policy so disastrous during ...

6 lectures

0:51:08

Prof. Susan Doran

Oxford University

History

Cold War – The Cold War in Europe, 1941-55

In this course, Dr Mathias Haeussler (University of Cambridge) explores the origins of the Cold War in Europe. We begin by providing a broad introduction to the Cold War itself – what it was, as well as its long-lasting political,...

5 lectures

0:41:49

Dr Mathias Haeussler

Cambridge University

History

The Presidency of Harry Truman, 1945-53

In this course, Professor Mark White (Queen Mary University of London) explores the presidency of Harry Truman (1945-53). In the first module, we think about Truman’s rise to power and how he became President in April 1945. In the second, ...

5 lectures

0:53:42

Prof. Mark White

QMUL

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

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

Russia: The Revolution of 1905

In this course, Dr Jonathan Smele (Queen Mary, University of London) explores the (so-called) Revolution of 1905. We begin in the first module by considering whether this was a revolution at all and – if so – whether we should see events as being ...

5 lectures

1:08:22

Dr Jonathan Smele

QMUL

History

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

In this course, Dr Jonathan Willis (University of Birmingham) explores the Henrician Reformation. We begin by thinking about the 'health' of the church in late Medieval England, focusing in particular on the concept of lay piety. After that, we...

5 lectures

0:52:31

Dr Jonathan Willis

Birmingham University

History

Russia: The Rise and Reign of Stalin, 1878-1938

In this course, Professor Christopher Read (University of Warwick) examines the rise of Joseph Stalin from his birth in 1878 to the eve of the Second World War in 1938. We begin in the first module by thinking about his early life, including...

7 lectures

1:21:22

Prof. Christopher Read

Warwick 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

English Literature

History

Milton and the English Civil War: Charles I

This course provides key historical context for John Milton's 'Paradise Lost', looking in particular at the figure of Charles I. The course is divided into nine parts. The first seven look at Charles' early years (1600-25), his early reign...

9 lectures

0:54:54

Prof. Diane Purkiss

Oxford University

History

The Reign of James I, 1567-1625

In this course, Dr David Smith (University of Cambridge) explores the reign of James I of England (also James VI of Scotland). The course begins by thinking about James’ reputation among modern historians, before considering his reign in four...

5 lectures

0:44:09

Dr David Smith

Cambridge 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

The Founding of the Crusader States, 1099-1124

In this course, Dr Nicholas Morton (Nottingham Trent University) explores the foundation of the Crusader states in the decades following the First Crusade. In the first module, we think about some of the impacts of the First Crusade – the...

4 lectures

0:39:09

Dr Nicholas Morton

Nottingham Trent University

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