Germany was a totalitarian state - one where the government imposed control over every aspect of its citizens lives. One of the areas worth looking at in depth is now Nazi social policy effected women. What were the laws passed in relation to women and how was the role of women seen by the state - and how far did this role have the support of the german people?
This is our bumepr episode on the Tower of London, the White Tower. William I's residence, symbol of power, refuge of last resort... why was it built? How did it function? How does it fit in with other castles built across England? Why was it white?
This is key episode for the 2021 exam as there will be a 16 mark essay question on this.
In this episode we look at the rise and fall of the SA. How important was it to early Nazi success and what impact did it have on their electoral victories - and at what point did it become a hinderance rather than a help?
We are joined for this episode by Stephen Graham of the Faces of Fascism podcast.
In November 1923 a bunch of politcal chancers launched an attempted coup - a 'putsch' - from a beer cellar. A collection of ex-soldiers and political monomaniacs led a failed artist they thought they could repeat Mussolini's March on Rome. Who were they?
In this episode we look at the early history of the National Socialist German Workers' Party - the Nazis - and the causes of the Beer Hall Putsch. We look at the events of the failed rebellion and then look at the consequences for Hitler, the Party and Germany as a whole. As a special bonus we are joined buy Stephen Graham of the Faces of Facism Podcast for some expert input.
The newborn Weimar Republic did not have an easy life; rocked by attacks from both without and within, it seemed doomed to fail. In this episode, we look at the first few years of the Republic and the attacks it faced from both the left and the right. We cover Sparticists, Kapp and the invasion of the Ruhr.
After the catastrophe of the Great War, Germany found itself without a leader, without a government and without a future. From this wreckage rose a new state; birthed in Weimar because Berlin was too dnagerous, it was known as the Weimar Republic. An experiment in democracy in an age of autocracy, was it doomed from the start? In this episode we consider the structure of the Weimar Constitution and the problems it creates for the future.
Part of the Power and the People Theme Study for Paper 2.
The Chartists weren't the only game in town in the 1800s when it came to reform movements. There were also the Anti-Corn Law League, the anti-slavery Abolitionists and the various social and factory reformers. What tactics did they use and what success did they achieve?
No Geographers were harmed in the making of this podcast.
Something a little different while we sort out the Pevensey castle episode
This is the first episode of abnother podcast called Faces of Fascism, the rest of which can be found on Podbean and Apple Podcasts. It's a bit more in depth than you need for GCSE but great for A-Level or simply if you are interested in one the dominant political forces of the 20th century.
"You don't get me, I'm part of the Union..."
The first in our mini sequence of podcasts on the development of the Trades Union movement and its place in the development of democracy starts small; focused on one small village in Dorset and six men who swear an oath to found a Union to bargain for better pay and conditions...
The Chartists were a huge political movement, able to mobilise a lot of public support; born out of unhappiness with the Great Reform Act, their demands were simple and clearly designed to improve the representation of the working class in Parliament. But the movement collapsed by the 1850s, ending in abject failure.
Or did it...?
What was the problem with elections in the 1800s? How did a meeting at St Peter's Field lead to the Great Reform Act? And how Great was it anyway?
This is background to the Chartist movement which will be covered in the next episode.
After the Civil Wars, the question of who ruled - Parliament or the King - was settled. The next phase of power shifting to the people would be about who was represented in Parliament. The first skirmish of this fight would be a war across the sea, when colonists declared that there should be no representation without taxation and, in their Declaration of Independence, wrote down some self-evident truths.
England is at war with itself; the King versus Parliament. This confilct gave rise to new radical politics which would inform the rest of British political history. But not only that - hovering in the background is the biggest unanswered question of all - what do you do with the King?
Probably the most important turning point in the development of Power and the People is covered in this episode.
In August 1642 King Charles I raised his standard at Nottingham, declaring war on his own Parliament. The most serious challenge to royal authority in English history was about to begin - British history, actually, as the mid-1600s saw war engulf the three kingdoms of the British isles. How did it come to this? In this episode we talk through the steps to 1642 and what brought Parliament and the King to the brink of war....