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.
History : Any Level : AQA
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.
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.
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.