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?
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.
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?
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.
Early in 1066, King Edward the Confessor died without leaving an heir. This one death and the confusion over who should succeed him was to completely change the course of British History. There were four men who could lay claim to the throne of England, but were all the claims equal?
In this Essay style episode, the three of us have a good old argument about who should be king. And there was genuinely no prep - before the names came out of the hat, none of us knew whose case we would be arguing.
In this wrap up episode to finish off the Origins of World War One, the two of us have a good old argument about which of the causes is the one you can blame the war on;
This is the podcast to listen to if you're worried about the essay questions as you can see how we use evidence to defend our positions.
When the war broke out in August 1914, why did a small conflict in the Balkans suddenly engulf all of Europe and then the world? The answer lies much earlier, in a piece of paper written in 1905 by a German officer called Von Schlieffen....
Militarism is often seen as one of the MAIN causes of the World War One. By looking in detail at the naval rivalry between Britain and Germany, can we get a feel for how tensions in Europe were ratcheted up at the start of the 20th Century?
The Bosnian Crisis highlights the role of Austria Hungary in the build up to world war one and helps explain why the Balkans were the spark that lit the fire. How did the fallout from the collapse of Turkey lead towards the bullets fired in Sarajevo in 1914? Find out here.
"I beheld a pale horse, and the name of him that rode it was Death." Everyone remembers the Kaiser riding his white horse through Morocco in 1905, but why was this little slip of Africa so important? And how did the Agadir crisis bring Europe to the brink of war in 1911?
This is a special bonus Geography episode, you lucky people! In this, Mrs G attempts to teach Mr W about the Montserrat volcanic eruption which you need for your case studies.
"This is not a peace treaty," Marshall Foch of France said when he saw the terms, "it is an armistice for twenty years." Sure enough, 20 years later there was another war. Was the Treaty of Versailles to blame? In this podcast we go through the territorial and military terms as well as examining the infamous Clause 231.
The Paris Peace conference set the terms of the Treaty of Versailles which, in turn, set the course of European politics for the next twenty years. But the conference was basically run by three men and it was the competing needs and expectations of these three men that created the treaty. Who were the Big Three and what did they want?
Did the League ever have a chance of succeeding or was it always doomed to failure? In this essay question episode, three history teachers sit around a table and argue about the different reasons for the failure of the League of Nations. You are strongly advised to have listened to the previous League podcasts before you listen to this one.
The Italian invasion of Abyssinia is often said to be the death sentence for the League of Nations. But why did the League not act? How did the Invasion come about and what were the murky dealings that led to the Hoare Laval Pact?
During the 1920s, the League managed to deal with a few small skirmishes and small scale problems very well; but at the dawn of the new decade a more militaristic Japan started expanding in the Far East. Was the Manchurian Crisis what killed the League of Nations? Was it just the beginning of the end? Or was it just a simple mistake that the League could have learned from?
This podcast is designed to help with Topic 3 on Paper One of the 2017 exam.
Was the League of Nations doomed from the start? How was it created and who was a member? What structures and tools did it have to carry out its mission of preserving the peace after the Great War?
How did the relationship between Edward the Confessor and the Godwin family shape England in the years before 1066? And how, exactly, did a duchy of Northern France get involved? This covers the period from around 1030 up to the death of Edward the Confessor and is for the Period Study of the 2017 AQA Exam.