1066 Part II: Four Kings for One Throne - who should be king?

October 10, 2016

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.

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The Origins of WW1 Part V: What were the MAIN causes of WW1?

October 8, 2016

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;

  • Militarism
  • Alliances
  • Imperialism
  • Nationalism

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.

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The Origins of WW1 Part IV: If I Had A Hammer… The Schlieffen Plan

October 8, 2016

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....

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The Origins of WW1 Part III: Dreadnoughts, guns and steel

October 8, 2016

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?

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The Origins of WW1 Part II: A Swift Kick in the Balkans, Bosnia 1908

October 8, 2016

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.

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The Origins of WW1 Part I: Morocco, 1905 and 1911

October 8, 2016

"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?

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Geography Bonus 2: The 1999 Turkey Earthquake

October 7, 2016

In another Bonus Geography Episode, Mrs G attempts to teach the man who knows nothing about Geography about the Turkey Earthquake of 1999. This is another one you will need for your case study.

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Geography Bonus 1: The Montserrat Eruption Case Study

October 7, 2016

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.

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Versailles Part III: Diktat - the German response

October 7, 2016

The German government and people were infuriated by the dictated peace - or 'diktat' - of the Treaty. Was their anger righteous?

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Versailles Part II: The Terms of the Treaty

October 7, 2016

"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.

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Versailles Part I: The aims of the Big Three

October 7, 2016

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?

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The League Part IV: Was the League doomed from the start?

October 6, 2016

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.

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The League Part III: Abyssinia

October 6, 2016

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?

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The League Part II: Going for a Chinese - the Manchurian Crisis

September 23, 2016

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.

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The League Part I: All Mouth And No Trousers - the Birth of the League of Nations

September 21, 2016

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?

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1066 Part I: Before the End - England before 1066

September 21, 2016

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.  

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