Germany Part II: Burn Baby Burn - The Reichstag Fire

March 31, 2017

In early 1933, Adolf Hitler was Chancellor of Germany but he had very little, actual power. How did the Nazis sieze control of the German state? That long road started with a fire in the Reichstag.

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Germany Part I: Never Mind the Ballots

March 17, 2017

How did Hitler become Chancellor? One of the most common mistakes people make is thinking that Hitler and the Nazis were elected to power. As you will see in this episode, the truth is rather more complex....

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Norman England Part IV: Religion

February 9, 2017

How did religion change under the Normans? When William of Normandy asked for the Pope's blessing to invade England, he promised to reform the corrupt church in England. Was it corrupt? And how far did he stick to this promise? All will be revealed in this episode...

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The Roaring 20s Part V: Did the 1920s roar for everyone?

January 28, 2017

In this episode we cover the people who didn't benefit from the economic boom; who were they, and why were they left behind? We also zero in on the experience of black americans and the activities of the Ku Klux Klan. It's recommended that you listen to this section alongside the episode on the experience of immigrants to make sure you're comfortable with WASPS and so on.

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains a short extract from the film Mississippi Burning which contains language that some people might find offensive.

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Norman England Part III: Trial by Ordeal

January 26, 2017

What changes in the legal system did the Normans make? This whistlestop tour takes in language, forest law and legal principles before stopping off for some good old fashioned death and mutliation when we look at trial by ordeal and consider the role of God in determining guilt or innocence.

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The Roaring 20s Part IV: Why was alcohol made illegal and what were the effects of Prohibition?

January 25, 2017

In this episode we cover the causes of Prohibition through to the growth of the Chicago Outfit and the repeal of the 18th amendment in the wake of the St Valentine's Day Massacre.

Are you a Wet or a Dry? Let us know in the comments.

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Norman England Part II: Village Life

January 13, 2017

What was it like to be a peasant in Norman England? How was your day organised, what sort of work would you do throughout the year and what did the village actually look like?

 

The book referenced in the episiode is this one: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-year-1000/robert-lacey/danny-danziger/9780349113067 

You can find it cheaper on ebay and Abe Books.

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Norman England Part I: The Feudal System

November 19, 2016

In this episode we cover the basics of landholding and lordship. How was Norman society organised? How did homage, scutage and subinfeudination keep the system running? What was fiscal feudalism and who were the Marcher Lords?

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AS RS Bonus Episode: An Introduction to Situation Ethics

November 19, 2016

In this AS Level Bonus Episode we cover a basic overview of Fletcher's situation ethics that you'll need for your Ethics paper. It will also be useful for GCSE Religious Studies. 

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The Roaring 20s Part III: What was the experience of immigrants in the USA?

November 15, 2016

A quick overview of the types of immigration into the USA, the laws that were enacted to try and control immigration and a close look at the case of Sacco and Vanzetti and what this can teach us about the way that the American legal system viewed immigrants and political radicals.

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The Roaring 20s Part II: Boom!

November 14, 2016

The USA in the 1920s saw a boom in the economy unlike anything since the Industrial Revolution in Britain 150 years earlier. What caused the American economy to explode the way it did? In this podcast we engage on a probably futile quest to decide what was the most important factor.

For bonus points, if you listen carefully you can hear us desperately flicking through books and notes really quietly to find a fact when we realise one of us has made a mistake.

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The Roaring 20s Part I: USA 101

November 9, 2016

A quick introductory podcast to the structure and politics of the USA in the 1920s to give some context to the rest of the Topic. This episode covers:

  • Federal and State governments
  • Democrat and Republican
  • The Presidents

 

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1066 Part V: A Decade of Rebellion

November 7, 2016

In this bumper episode we look at the various challenges to William's rule in the years 1066-76. We cover the Harrying of the North and Hereward the Wake and along the way discover what became of Morcar and Edwin. This is a chronological overview of the various revolts and rebellions that will help you build up context; it is not a replacement for your detailed notes!

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1066 Part IV: The Year of Three Battles

November 6, 2016

In this bumper episode we discuss the three battles of 1066 and consider how each one effects the one after. Was the outcome of Hastings a given, or was it in doubt right up until the moment? Three of the most experienced rulers and war leaders in Medieval Europe meet - and only one will survive. 

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The Origins of WW2 Part III: The Nazi Soviet Pact

November 6, 2016

In this final episode for Paper One, we are joined by two very special guests to give us their insights on the most unlikely event of the 1930s: Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia signing a non-aggression pact. 

DISCLAIMER: No dictators were harmed in the making of this episode. 
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The Origins of WW2 Part II: The Munich Conference

October 20, 2016

The Munich Conference was a triumph of Appeasement; it pulled Europe back from the brink of war. Or so it was seen at the time. But later it came to be seen as betrayal of Czechoslovakia and an unacceptable collapse in the face of German aggression. Which one is right? Listen in as Mr W attempts to teach a Geography teacher about the Munich conference.

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Geography Bonus 4: Population in LIC - Cairo Case Study

October 20, 2016

How does a sudden growth in population effect a city that doesn't have the infrastructure to deal with it? This episode looks at the Cairo case study to try and answer that question. As an added bonus you will hear Mr W rendered speechless for pretty much the first time in 20 years.

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The Origins of WW2 Part I: Appeasement

October 15, 2016

Historians and politicians have been arguing about the policy of Appeasement since the 1940s. Was the idea of trying to reach an arrangement with Hitler a sensible way to avoid a war or was it an act of moral cowardice? In this essay style episode we'll discuss the arguments for and against appeasement as well as some of the ways it might come up in the exam. Apologies for the noise right at the end - someone picked that exact moment to start fitting a new window in the next room. 

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The Origins of WW2 Part 0: Appeasement - History Today

October 15, 2016

Historians and politicians have been arguing about the policy of Appeasement since the 1940s. Was the idea of trying to reach an arrangement with Hitler a sensible way to avoid a war or was it an act of moral cowardice? In this essay style episode we'll discuss the arguments for and against appeasement as well as some of the ways it might come up in the exam. 

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