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GCSE and A Level History Audio Study Guides

There is something very special and important about History. It is a subject which is both dear to our hearts and very relevant in today's world. It is also a subject which lends itself to the wonderful medium of audio. In fact it was our History teacher who was our inspiration. Every class he gave was a joy to attend. It was in his image that we created Audiopi and our mission is also to make every tutorial we create a joy to listen to and learn from.

We have been very fortunate to have the support and hard work of an amazing group of history academics and teachers. Our content is entirely original and our combination of writers ensures that the relevant specifications are fully addressed and that our listeners benefit from the very latest academic thinking. We do not regurgitate text books in audio! Each series comprises between 15-30 tutorials with an average length of 10 minutes. This makes what we do easy to access and not too overwhelming for our listeners!

Our series are designed to support the work of teachers in the classroom and give students very easy access to independent study. Many of our teachers have their students listen to our tutorials in preparation for class and we have structured each series to be reflective of lesson plans.

It is our job to ensure that students get a thorough insight into everything their course requires. It is also to give them the passion to explore for themselves.

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Each introduction to a series is FREE and you can listen to samples of every tutorial. Go to the course of your choice by clicking on the relevant green heading or listen to a sample of our series on Tsarist and Communist Russia below.

Early Stuarts and the origins of the Civil War 1603-1660

History

A Level

OCR

28 tutorials available 28 tutorials total

Surely one of the most dramatic periods in English history, the echoes from which are still heard today. Every year we celebrate Bonfire Night but on reflection the attempt to burn down Parliament was a minor moment from this period. Civil War, Regicide, the abolition of monarchy, the ascension of parliament, Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate, the Restoration.....this was not a quiet period of history! Helping you to make sense of it all is the formidable pairing of Dr Glyn Redworth, Oxford historian, and Nick Fellows, leading textbook writer and examiner.

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Italy 1896 - 1943

History

A Level

OCR

30 tutorials available 30 tutorials total

The podcast series for Italy 1896-1943 gives you a detailed overview of what is required for your A Level studies, taking you from the turn of the century, the growing instability of Italian politics, the First World War, the development of fascism and rise and fall of Mussolini, up to and including the Second World War. The series is brought to you by Dr David Brown and Dr Giuliana Pieri, Head of Modern Languages at Royal Holloway University.

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From Pitt to Peel - Britain 1783-1853

History

A Level

OCR

18 tutorials available 18 tutorials total

From surely one of the most extraordinary British politicians in any era, William Pitt the Younger, to the man who introduced the police service, Robert Peel. The French revolution gets the period off to a start with a bang. Subsequently Britain fought a war with France against one of modern history's most notorious characters, Napoleon Bonaparte. The defining victories at the proudly remembered (from a British point of view) Trafalgar and Waterloo, gave the victors a great sense of national pride. And Britain was having it's own revolution, one which would lead to the establishment of the biggest empire the world has ever seen. The industrial revolution made Britain. It brought with it extraordinary opportunity and seismic change. Nick Fellows, Mike Wells and David Craig take you through the action and debate the key issues.

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Cold War in Asia 1945 - 1993

History

A Level

OCR

25 tutorials available 25 tutorials total

Welcome to our series on the Cold War in Asia. Most people are familiar with the Cold War in Europe, but it was in Asia that the Cold War was at it's hottest. For many the Vietnam war defines the Cold War in Asia but there was a lot more to it than that. Our series examines all the key areas required by your study and sheds light on a conflict that arguably led to more deaths than both the first and second world wars combined. Professor Kevin Ruane, a renowned historian of the period, and head of humanities, Richard Macfarlane are your guides. Each main podcast is supported by one of Kevin's 'Key Topics' which will give you a rare insight into the key events.

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Civil Rights in the USA 1865 - 1992

History

A Level

OCR

24 tutorials available 24 tutorials total

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.

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Rebellion and Disorder in Tudor England 1485-1603

History

A Level

OCR

31 tutorials available 31 tutorials total

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.

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Britain and Ireland 1791-1921

History

A Level

OCR

3 tutorials available 15 tutorials total

Welcome to our series on Britain and Ireland from 1791-1921. This is a thematic study which exams how far, and for what reasons, the relationship between mainland Britain and Ireland changed over the period. We look at the main developments and turning points in the relationship and consider the significance of political, religious, economic, social and cultural factors. The series also covers the three breadth studies of Rebellions 1791-1803, O'Connell 1823-1841, and Home Rule 1908-1914. The series has been written by Jonathan Bromley, head of History and Politics at St Paul's Girls school, and Professor Alvin Jackson, recognised as one of the leaders in this field, from the University of Edinburgh

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France in revolution 1774-1815

History

A Level

AQA

29 tutorials available 29 tutorials total

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.

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The Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty 1485-1547

History

A Level

AQA

22 tutorials available 22 tutorials total

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.

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The Tudors - Turmoil and Triumph, England 1547-1603

History

A Level

AQA

24 tutorials available 24 tutorials total

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.

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