IB & A Level History Revision Podcasts

IB and A Level History Revision Podcasts

These podcasts are designed to help students studying 19th and 20th Century European History for A Level and the International Baccalaureate and are relevant for all the major exam boards including the International Baccalaureate, OCR, Edexcel, AQA, and CIE (Cambridge International Examinations).

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Podcast Title
Content description
Conservative factors including the impact of Metternich, the nobles and the church.  Progressive factors such as the impact of the railways and industrialisation, the middle class, and the Zollverein.
The key factors leading to the failure of the revolutions in the German states.  Links historiography from Eric Eyck, Karl Marx, AJP Taylor and Bob Whitfield to evidence that could be used to support their opinions.
Begins with the Erfurt Union and the subsequent Declaration of Olmutz.  Goes on to consider the impact of the Crimean War, Austria’s failed attempt to join the Zollverein, the war against Italy, and the Prussian economic boom on the changing balance of power.
The arrival of Bismarck and the Army Reforms, the Polish Revolt, the Schleswig-Holstein Crisis and the Danish War, the Convention of Gastein, the Austro-Prussian War including the Peace of Prague.
The Peace of Prague and the North German Confederation, France’s attempts to gain territory (including the Luxembourg Affair), the Hohenzollern Candidature, the Ems Telegram and the Franco-Prussian War.
Bismarck and the International System he created from 1871 until his resignation in 1890. References to attempts to isolate France, befriend Britain, and create a series of alliances with Russia and Austria-Hungary.
The breakdown of the Bismarckian system from 1890 under Wilhelm II. Reference is made to key issues including Weltpolitik, the alliance system, the arms race, and nationalism. These are used to explain the changing relationships between the European powers.
Considers the ‘Eastern Question’ that affected the Balkans and threatened the European balance of power.  Covers the impact of the Congress of Berlin in 1878, rising nationalism and Pan-Slavism in the Balkan states, the Bosnian Crisis of 1908-9, and the Balkan Wars of 1912-13.
An overview of the July Crisis of 1914 that acted as the spark to World War One.  Covers the impact of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by the Black Hand Gang on the diplomatic actions of Germany and Austria-Hungary including the ‘blank cheque’.  Goes on to describe the subsequent actions of Russia, France and Britain.
Examples of the key historiographical arguments regarding responsibility for the First World War.  Considers the attitude of Versailles, the inter-war period of shared responsibility, the effect of World War 2, the Fischer Thesis, and post-Fischer revisionism.  Historians whose work is briefly mentioned include G. Lowes Dickinson, Sidney Fay, AJP Taylor, Luigi Albertini, Fritz Fischer, Niall Ferguson and John Keegan.

Make sure that your IB or A Level History revision involves doing more than just listening to these podcasts. You might create tables of comparisons, sets of flash cards to test yourself, mind-map themes and ideas, or stick key words to the wall opposite your toilet. Seriously.

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