China – Sino-Japanese Relations, c.1840-1945

In this course, Dr Marjorie Dryburgh (University of Sheffield) explores the relationship between China and Japan between c.1840-1945, with a particular focus on the events that led to the outbreak of war between the two nations in July 1937. In...

7 lectures


Dr Marjorie Dryburgh

Sheffield University


Germany – Life in East Germany, 1949-89

In this course, Dr Marcel Thomas (University of Manchester) explores life in East Germany between 1945-89 via six key questions: (1) Why was housing seen as so important to the building of a socialist society?; (2) Were women more emancipated in...

6 lectures


Dr Marcel Thomas

Manchester University


The Tudors – Elizabeth I and France, 1558-88

In this course, Dr Estelle Paranque (New College of the Humanities) explores the reign of Elizabeth I through the eyes of the French monarchy. In the first module, we think about the French perception of Elizabeth at the very beginning of her...

6 lectures


Dr Estelle Paranque

New College of the Humanities


The Presidency of Richard Nixon, 1969-74

In this course, Dr Kevin Yuill (University of Sunderland) explores the presidency of Richard Nixon, 1969-74. In the first module, we think about the incident for which Nixon is best known and which dominated his final year in office – the...

5 lectures


Dr Kevin Yuill

Sunderland University


Russia: The Development of the Soviet Politics, 1917-22

In this course, Dr Lara Douds (Northumbria University) explores the development of the Soviet system of government in the years following the October Revolution. In the first module, we introduce the rich and contested scholarship on this topic,...

5 lectures


Dr Lara Douds

Northumbria University


Britain – Healthcare, c.1900-48

In this course, Dr George Gosling (University of Wolverhampton) explores healthcare in Britain prior the establishment of the NHS in 1948. In the first module, we think about when the NHS began, looking at the importance of the Second World War...

5 lectures


Dr George Gosling

Wolverhampton University


Germany – The Weimar Republic, 1918-33

In this course, Professor Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam University) explores Weimar Germany through twelve key questions: (1) Was Weimar Germany doomed to fail from the start?; (2) Why did Weimar fail in the early 1930s?; (3) How much of a...

12 lectures


Prof. Matthew Stibbe

Sheffield Hallam University


The Tudors – Henry VII, 1485-1509

In this course, Dr Sean Cunningham (The National Archives) explores the reign of Henry VII through eight key questions: (1) How did Henry Tudor become king of England?; (2) Did Henry rely too heavily on his friends for support?; (3) How secure was...

8 lectures


Dr Sean Cunningham

The National Archives


China – The End of the Qing Dynasty, 1842-1911

In this course, Dr Lars Laaman (SOAS, University of London) explores the history of China between the end of the First Opium War (1839-42) to the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1911. In the first module, we think about the immediate aftermath of...

8 lectures


Dr Lars Laamann

SOAS, University of London


Britain – The Economy, 1918-39

In this course, Dr Christopher Price (York St John University) explores the development and performance of the British economy between 1918-39. In the first module, we consider the state of the British economy in the immediate aftermath of the...

5 lectures


Dr Chris Price

York St John University


China – The Second Sino-Japanese War, 1937-45

In this course, Dr Tehyun Ma (University of Sheffield) explores the causes, course and consequences of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-45). In the first module, we think about why the Japanese occupied Manchuria in 1931. After that, in the...

6 lectures


Dr Tehyun Ma

Sheffield University


China – The Rise of the Chinese Communist Party, 1921-49

In this course, Professor Michael Dillon (Durham University) explores the rise of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) between 1921 (when it was founded) to 1949 (when it became the governing party of the newly-established People’s Republic of...

9 lectures


Prof. Michael Dillon

Durham University

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