Produced by History teachers working in the far North, these podcasts are designed to prepare you for your GCSE History exam, with a particular focus on the AQA Course.
Most episodes are solo affairs by Mr W but watch out for the special essay argument episodes where you can hear grown men getting frankly just a but carried away arguing their version of events.
Leather and Steel: Young People in Nazi Germany
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.
BONUS GCSE English Episode: AQA Anthology - Remains and the Light Brigade
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.
Kinder, Küche, Kirche: Women in Nazi Germany
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?
The White Tower: Norman England Historic Site Study
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.
Germany Bonus Episode: The SA
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.
Germany: Alcohol and Politics Don't Mix, Munich 1923
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.