English Literature

Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. In the first three lectures, we provide a broad introduction to the play, thinking about the life and career of Oscar Wilde, as...

15 lectures

2:39:17

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

English Literature

Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

In this course, Professor Helen Smith (University of York) explores John Webster's 'The Duchess of Malfi'. In the first module, we think about stereotypes about women in early modern England and their presentation on stage. After that, we...

5 lectures

0:57:11

Prof. Helen Smith

York University

History

Germany – East Germany, 1945-89

In this course, Professor Patrick Major (University of Reading) explores the history of East Germany from the end of the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. In the first module, we think about the origins of East...

6 lectures

1:14:10

Prof. Patrick Major

Reading University

English Literature

Twain: Huckleberry Finn

In this course, Professor Thomas Ruys Smith (University of East Anglia) explores Mark Twain's 1884/5 novel, Huckleberry Finn. In the first module, we think about the origins of Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain's life and career up to 1884/5. In the...

5 lectures

0:59:59

Prof. Thomas Ruys Smith

University of East Anglia

History

Winston Churchill, 1929-55

In this course, Professor Richard Toye (University of Exeter) explores the career of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill between 1929-55. In the first module, we think the decade between 1929-39 in which Churchill was out of government, what...

6 lectures

0:50:01

Prof. Richard Toye

Exeter University

History

The Great Depression, 1929-33

In this course, Professor Peter Fearon (University of Leicester) explores the economic downturn and financial crisis in the United States in the period 1929-33. In the first module, we think about the origins of the economic downturn, including...

4 lectures

0:37:22

Prof. Peter Fearon

Leicester University

History

The New Deal, 1933-41

In this course, Professor Peter Fearon (University of Leicester) explores Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. In the first module, we think about the problems facing the US economy when Roosevelt came to power in March 1933, including the almost...

5 lectures

0:59:39

Prof. Peter Fearon

Leicester University

History

Britain – The Great War and British Society, 1914-39

In this course, Professor Matthew Cole (University of Birmingham) explores the impact of the First World War on British society between 1918-39. In the first module, we think about the ways in which the First World War was a 'total war', focusing...

4 lectures

0:26:11

Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University

History

Britain – The Liberal Reforms, 1906-14

In this course, Professor Matthew Cole (University of Birmingham) thinks about the series of acts of social legislation passed by the Liberal government between 1906-14, known collectively as the Liberal reforms. In the first module, we think...

4 lectures

0:33:12

Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University

History

The Tudors – Faction in the Tudor Court, 1509-1603

In this course, Dr Janet Dickinson (University of Oxford) explores the concept of faction in Tudor England, 1509-1603. In the first module, we introduce the concept of faction itself – what do we mean when we talk about 'a faction' or just...

7 lectures

0:55:34

Dr Janet Dickinson

Oxford University

History

The Reconstruction Era, 1865-77

In this course, Professor Susan-Mary Grant (Newcastle University) explores the period in American history known as the Reconstruction Era, 1865-77. In the first module, we provide a brief introduction to what the Reconstruction Era was, when it...

6 lectures

0:56:00

Prof. Susan-Mary Grant

Newcastle University

History

The Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-69

In this course, Professor Mark White (Queen Mary, University of London) explores the life, political career and presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson through five key questions: (1) How did Johnson rise to power?; (2) Why did Johnson go to war in...

5 lectures

0:54:09

Prof. Mark White

Queen Mary, University of London