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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Hitler’s War? Part IV: Anschluss with Austria

October 11, 2016

What were the events and consequences of the Anschluss with Austria of 1938? Why did this attempt succeed where the 1934 attempt did not? In this slightly different format episode, Mr W tries to explain the Anschluss to someone who's never studied history before. What could possibly go wrong?

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Hitler’s War? Part III: The Rhineland

October 11, 2016

The remilitarisation of the Rhineland was the biggest single breach of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. It was, quite simply, illegal. So why did no one stop it? And could action here have stopped Hitler before the situation spiralled completely out of control?

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Hitler’s War? Part II: Hitler’s Diplomacy in the 1930s

October 11, 2016

How did the Chancellor of Germany present himself to the international community in the early years of the 1930s? And to what extent did this influence the way they reacted towards him later? This podcast covers the years 1933-36.

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Hitler’s War? Part I: Hitler’s Aims in Foreign Policy

October 11, 2016

For 20 years after 1945, WW2 was regarded as something caused solely by Hitler's actions. For Topic 3 of the exam, you need to consider whether this is true. We start here, with Hitler's aims in foreign policy. Did he want a war? If not, what did he actually want?

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Geography Bonus 3: Coastal Processes

October 11, 2016

In this Geography Bonus Episode, Mrs G tries to teach Mr W about the various types of coastal processes. This podcast is useful for both Coursework and Exam and covers:

  • Waves types
  • Discordant and concordant coastlines and headlands
  • Cracks, caves, arches, stacks and stumps
  • Wave cut notches and wave cut platforms.
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