This series of podcasts supports the specification content for the AQA AS and A Level History option 1H Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964, and complements the series of Oxford AQA History for A Level textbooks and revision guides published by Oxford University Press. The podcasts explore some of the key debates and controversies raised by this rich period of Russian history, and break down some of the complex issues of this era. They combine a clear and compelling analysis of events with some deliberately provocative views, challenging listeners to penetrate more deeply into the minds and actions of those involved and form their own judgements. The podcasts are enriched by a range of gripping audio material which adds colour to the historical narrative. Overall the podcasts will provide valuable support and revision material for anyone studying this examination option, and will also be welcome listening for anyone with an interest in modern Russia who wishes to understand more fully its complex political and human story. Finally, we are delighted to welcome Sally Waller in her first series for Audiopi. Sally Waller is a respected History author and she has many years of examining experience.
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!
The horror of the Nazi regime that ruled Germany from 1933 until its defeat in the Second World War is well known, but this series looks at how the regime came into being following the failed attempt to establish democracy in Germany in the years after the First World War. It examines how Hitler, from the position of a weak Chancellor, was able to establish a dictatorship within just over a year of coming to power and the impact that this had on German people. We consider in detail Nazi racial policies and it's sickening culmination in the Final Solution, the Holocaust. This series brings together Nick Fellows and Professor Matthew Stibbe. As with all our history A level series the core content is supported by Matthew's Key Concepts, which shine an academic light on events and help our listeners to understand what really mattered most.
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.
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.
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. In addition to the main content Professor William Doyle also delivers supporting Key Concepts.
Welcome to our series on US Civil Rights from 1850-1990. 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 Cold War is an extremely exciting period of history, with two superpowers in a standoff. Our Cold War series not only brings alive the real tension of this period but will also cover everything you need to know for your coursework, essays and GCSE. The course is split into 3 key areas; the origins of the Cold War and the arguments about who was to blame; the Cuban Missile Crisis and who was considered the winner; the conflict in Vietnam 1954-75 with the focus of why the USA failed. We also offer exam guidance on exam preparation at the conclusion of the series.