November 18, 2021
What can castle Acre tell us about the influence of the Cluniac Order on England? Who were the Cluniacs? And how did the complicated relationships between powerful individual men in this period impact on the revival of monasticism in England? How did monasteries impact on the political, economic and social fabric of this new, Norman state?
Buckle in, because it's a long one as we look at the site study for the 2021 exam and dig into the birth and development of Castle Acre Priory.
November 16, 2021
The Historic Site Study for 2021 is Castle Acre Priory; but you can't understand why Castle Acre is so important without the context of monastisicm in Norman england. What is a monastery? Who do monks do?
The next episode will dig deeply into Castle Acre and how it links to the rest of Norman England.
November 15, 2021
Alongside the economic and political stability of the Stresemann period came a flowering of Weimar Culture. What did this look like, how did it impact our world today and how did it give the Nazis a wedge issue they could use to gain political traction with people in the countryside?
February 12, 2021
The Weimar Republic seemed on the brink of collapse in 1923 - yet it survived for another ten years. Was this miracle a true recovery or merely papering over the cracks? Join us as we look at the career of Gustav Stresemann and struggle to agree on a single pronunciantion for his name.
February 6, 2021
1066 is regarded as a watershed moment when all of life in England changed. How far is this accurate? In this episode we look at the various ways that life changed in Norman England - and the ways in which is changed.
January 25, 2021
In this special episode for GCSE Film Studies students we are joined by John Rain, host of SMERSHPOD
And author of THUNDERBOOK to talk about the underlying aesthetic of Bond films. Unsuprisingly, we also veer off the topic a bit and end up talking about Marvel films and why Infinity War is better than Endgame and why Film Studies students should watch JFK.
July 13, 2020
The Nazi state had very clear plans for the young men and women of Germany; these plans would be reflected in the changes to the education system and the creation of youth groups. In this episode we look at the interplay of these two factors and the overall impact of Nazi youth policies.
July 9, 2020
For this episode we are joined by two colleagues from the English Department who are discussing two poems from the AQA anthology. Apologies for the sound quality - this episode was obviously recorded in lockdown.
July 7, 2020
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?
July 1, 2020
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.
May 4, 2020
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.
April 6, 2020
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.
March 25, 2020
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.
March 22, 2020
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.
December 7, 2019
What was the impact of WW1 on Germany? In this episode we look at the economic, social and political aspects of the War's impact and consider how that effects the birth of the Weimar republic.
December 5, 2019
What was Germany like before the First World War? What kind of power structures were in place and what difficulties were there in governing it?
November 29, 2019
This is the episode to support the Norman England Historic Site study. An in depth examination of the factors that influence success or failure in medieval warfare with a focus on the Battle of Hastings.
November 28, 2019
Which groups were fighting for the rights of women at the dawn of the 20th Century? Was it due to their efforts that women got the vote in 1918 or was it due to other factors?
This is part of the Power and the People Theme Study.
November 22, 2019
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.
May 4, 2019
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.