GCSE and A Level History Audio Study Guides
History is a very special and important subject.
They say the lessons of history are never learned, or that history repeats itself. Is this true? History tends to be written by winners so do we even know how accurate our sources are?
Have fun finding out!
Welcome to our series on US Civil Rights from 1865-1992. The USA has long been held as a nation which represents freedom, opportunity and democracy to the world. The Rights of Man and Statue of Liberty serve as symbols of these ideals. But do they reflect reality? Our period is bookended at one end by the end of the horrific Civil War, fought partially to end slavery, and at the other by the acquittal of policemen who beat Rodney King to death. What happened to African Americans in the intervening years? And to other groups who faced discrimination; women, workers and Native Americans. We explore all of these with the renowned historian of American history, Professor Tony Badger, and experienced examiners, Nick Fellows and Mike Wells.
The reigns and personalities of the Tudor monarchs are well known, but this series of pods is largely about the struggles and concerns of ordinary people who are often hidden away from us because of an absence of sources. In many ways this is History as it should be, a study largely of those below the ruling elite and how the government responded to their protests. People who were so incensed by a sense of wrong that they risked the wrath of their monarch and possible to death to register their discontent. The series looks at the range of rebellions that hit the Tudors, from those that directly challenged their right to rule to the pathetic attempts of a small group of farm labourers to rise up because their local farming practices were under threat. Not only does it look at why they rose up, but it considers the nature of the risings, what if anything did they have in common? Did they change over the period, and if so why? It moves from nobles who were desperate to the ‘bare arsed’ rebels at the walls of Norwich. The second half of the series looks how a state, much less powerful than our own, contained, and ultimately defeated the unrest and asks whether the stability of the state was ever at risk. The series brings to together the formidable collective talents of Dr Glyn Redworth and Nick Fellows.
Mike Wells and one of the leading academics in the subject, Professor William Doyle, come together to exam a period in history which sent shock waves around the world, inspired millions, and still has the ability to send a shiver down the spine. Napoleon, once a great hero of European history , is now considered in a much more critical light. Our series on the French Revolution and Napoleon is designed to support the AQA A level specification. In addition to the main content Professor William Doyle also helps you develop a deeper understanding with his Key Concepts.
This series takes you through the AQA specification for the Tudor period 1485-1547 step by step. The series is produced by Nick Fellows, an A level examiner who has written many textbooks on The Tudors, Katie Fellows, who is currently studying for her DPhil in History at St Peter's College, Oxford, and Oxford historian, Dr Glyn Redworth, who is a specialist in early modern British & European history. In addition to the main series content Glyn also considers key words or concepts which will give our listeners a neat perspective on each area of study and help them to grasp issues clearly, simply and effectively.
If one thing makes the later Tudors a fascinating topic to study it is that we are dealing with a crisis of monarchy. After the establishment of the dynasty by Henry Tudor and the iconic rule of his bloodthirsty son, Henry VIII, the reign of each of the last three Tudor rulers shows how potentially weak was their family´s grasp on power. The reign of the Edward VI was, in fact, to leave the country in the hands of a child, or rather the grasping noblemen who surrounded him. This was followed by the first female monarch in English history, Mary I, who threatened the independence of the kingdom by risking marriage with a foreign prince. Even the reign of Elizabeth was not without its risks, as the young queen struggled to impose her will on evangelical councillors who were determined that nothing should prevent the re-imposition of their brand of Protestantism. The rule of the later Tudors also witnessed the threat of both populist and aristocratic-inspired rebellions, and various attempts to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Matching the threats at home from Catholics to her life and from Protestants to her political authority were the threats from overseas. Ireland rebelled against English colonialism, and Europe´s only superpower at the time, Spain, sent armada after armada in an attempt to unseat the queen and restore the Old Religion. Studying the later Tudors challenges students to think about what it was like to live at a time when religion threatened to push the country into civil war, or to consider what it must have been like to have been a female monarch in a wholly male-dominated society. Each pod for this course will introduce students to bigger questions about the period, at the same time as providing them with the detail needed for examination success. The series brings together once again Nick Fellows and Glyn Redworth.
Has there been a more dramatic period in European history? From the fall of the three hundred year old Romanov dynasty, Russia’s fleeting attempt at democracy, to the establishment and consolidation of the world's first Communist state. This series deals with the dramatic transformation of Russia from a backward feudal empire to a modern super power that would be able to withstand the might of Hitler. Revolutions came thick, fast and varied; political, social and industrial. There was not a dull moment in this period in Russia and we help you to understand the nature and impact of those events. We chart the reasons for the collapse and overthrow of the Romanovs, the failings of the Provisional Government and the establishment of the Communist regime. Finally we look at the actions of the 'Red Tsar', Stalin, who returned Russia to absolute rule, more bloody and repressive than ever.