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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.

Russia, Revolution and Dictatorship 1917-1953

History

A Level

AQA

18 tutorials available 18 tutorials total

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.

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Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964

History

A Level

AQA

24 tutorials available 24 tutorials total

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.

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Italy and Fascism c1900-1945

History

A Level

AQA

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 Italian specialist, Dr David Brown and Dr Giuliana Pieri, Head of Modern Languages at Royal Holloway University.

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Democracy and Nazism in Germany 1918 -1945

History

A Level

AQA

30 tutorials available 30 tutorials total

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.

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The English Revolution 1625 - 1660

History

A Level

AQA

26 tutorials available 26 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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The Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy c1911-1946

History

A Level

Edexcel

28 tutorials available 28 tutorials total

The Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy c 1911-1946 is a study of the birth and development of modern fascism. It 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 Italian history specialist, Dr David Brown and Dr Giuliana Pieri, head of Modern Languages at Royal Holloway University.

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Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603

History

A Level

Edexcel

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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Russia in Revolution 1894-1924

History

A Level

Edexcel

13 tutorials available 13 tutorials total

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.

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France in Revolution 1774-1779

History

A Level

Edexcel

20 tutorials available 20 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. In addition to the main content Professor William Doyle also delivers supporting Key Concepts.

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The Cold War

History

GCSE

OCR

20 tutorials available 20 tutorials total

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.

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