Last update: 2013-05-31

The Treaty of Versailles

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2013-05-31 :: Scott Allsop
A History revision guide that explains the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. The podcast explores the major themes of the Treaty, and how different countries responded to it. The final part of the podcast presents evidence for and against the argument that the Treaty was 'unfair' in order to help students present a balanced answerin the exam.…


The Big Three: The Paris Peace Conference

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2013-05-24 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that explains the aims of the Big Three - Lloyd George, Clemenceau and Wilson - at the Paris Peace Paris. It explains the factors that affected their demands and highlights the differences between them.…


Germany 1866-71: The Unification of Germany

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2012-05-10 :: Scott Allsop
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.…


Germany 1862-66: The Creation of the North German Confederation

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2012-05-08 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide looking at the arrival of Bismarck and the creation of the North German Confederation. Considers Bismarck's foreign policy including the Polish Revolt, the Schleswig-Holstein Crisis, the Convention of Gastein and the Austro-Prussian War.…


Cold War Revision: The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe

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2012-05-03 :: Scott Allsop
An updated audio revision guide which provides an overview of collapse of Communist control over Eastern Europe. Covers Solidarity in Poland and the impact of Gorbachev's reforms.…


Germany 1919-1945: The Weimar Republic

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2012-04-21 :: Scott Allsop
An updated audio revision guide that explains the experience of Weimar Germany in the years 1919-1929. This new version contains an extra 5 minutes of revision details compared to the original.…


Germany 1849-59: the changing balance of power

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2012-04-20 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that looks at the changing balance of power between Austria and Prussia after the revolutions of 1848. Beginning with the Erfurt Union and the subsequent Declaration of Olmutz, the podcast considers 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 Failure of the German Revolutions 1848-49

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2012-03-30 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide presenting an overview of the key factors leading to the failure of the revolutions in the German states. Links historiography from Eyck, Marx, Taylor and Whitfield to evidence that could be used to support their opinions.…


The origins of German Unification: 1815-1848

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2012-03-23 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide presenting an overview of the key factors present in the German states leading to the revolutions of 1848-49. Presented thematically, this podcast considers a range of conservative and progressive factors that contributed to causing the revolutions including Metternich, the nobles, the church, the impact of the railways and industrialisation, peasants, workers, the emerging middle class, and the Zollverein.…


Historiography - Responsibility for World War 1

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2012-01-27 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide presenting an overview 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.…


The July Crisis and the Outbreak of the First World War

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2012-01-18 :: Scott Allsop
A podcast revision guide presenting 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.…


Conflicts in the Balkans before the First World War

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2012-01-14 :: Scott Allsop
Audio revision looking at the 'Eastern Question' that affected the Balkans. 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.…


The Breakdown of the International System from 1890

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2012-01-09 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide covering 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.…


Europe 1871-1890

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2012-01-07 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide on 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.…


Cold War Revision: The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe

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2010-05-22 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide for the summer 2010 CIE Paper 2, which provides an overview of collapse of Communist control over Eastern Europe. Covers Solidarity in Poland and the impact of Gorbachev's reforms.…


Cold War Revision: The Cuban Missile Crisis

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2010-05-03 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide providing an overview of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Provides a background to Castro's Cuba, Kennedy's choices, and the eventual end of the crisis. Considers who 'won' the crisis.…


Cold War Revision: The Origins of the Cold War

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2010-03-20 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide providing an overview of relations between the USA and the USSR in the years immediately following the Second World War. Includes Stalin's control of eastern Europe, Truman Doctrine, Marshall Aid, Berlin Blockade.…


IGCSE History: CIE Paper 2 (German Involvement in the Spanish Civil War)

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2009-05-16 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide for CIE IGCSE History Paper 2 that provides an overview of German involvement in the Spanish Civil War.…


IGCSE History: CIE Paper 4 (Alternative to coursework)

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2009-05-01 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide for CIE IGCSE History that provides guidance and advice for answering questions on Paper 4 - the alternative to coursework paper which focuses on your chosen Depth Study.…


Cold War Revision: Hungary 1956 and Czechoslovakia 1968

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2009-02-06 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide providing an overview of the rebellions in Hungary 1956 and Czechoslovakia 1968. Details of the two rebellions are given in overview, and then the two events are assessed for similarities and differences.…


IGCSE History: CIE Paper 2 (Sources)

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2009-01-25 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide for CIE IGCSE History that provides guidance and advice for answering questions on Paper 2 - the source paper.…


American Involvement in Vietnam

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2009-01-20 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide for GCSE and IGCSE History that considers the reasons for America's involvement in Vietnam, the way the war was fought, and how and why America pulled out.…


The Road to War

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2008-05-05 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that covers the major events in the run-up to World War 2 including Hitler's actions and the policy of Appeasement.…


League of Nations: The 1930s

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2008-03-28 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that covers the major events of the 1930s for the League of Nations including the Manchuria Crisis, the World Disarmament Conference and the Abyssinia Crisis.…


Paper 1 Exam Tips

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2007-06-01 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that offers hints and tips on answering questions on Paper 1 of the OCR Modern World History GCSE.…


League of Nations: The 1920s

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2007-05-10 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that considers the successes and failures of the League of Nations in the 1920s.…


Exam Skills: How to succeed with sourcework

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2006-04-29 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that gives tips and tricks to answer sourcework questions accurately. It is designed for use with Paper 2 of the OCR Modern World history paper (British Depth Study: 1906-1918), but many of the hints are good practice with any sourcework. The guide covers sourcework questions on: Comprehension, Comprehension in Context, Reliability/Usefulness/Value, Source Comparisons, Interpretation.…


British Depth Study: How did women gain the right to vote?

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2006-04-25 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guides that considers the role of the suffragist, the suffragettes, and World war 1 in gaining women the right to vote.…


British Depth Study: How were civilians affected by World War 1?

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2006-04-24 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guides that explains the impact of World War 1 on British civilians. It is split into two key sections - recruitment and government powers.…


VERY BRIEF OVERVIEW: The Cold War

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2006-03-14 :: Scott Allsop
A VERY BRIEF overview audio revision guide that explains the causes, course and consequences of the Cold War. Originally recorded for Y9 students, this should only be used as a very first starting point for GCSE History students who need to know the topic in much greater detail.…


Germany 1919-1945: The Rise of Hitler

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2006-03-12 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that explains the factors that contributed to the rise of Hitler 1919-1934.…


Germany 1919-1945: The Weimar Republic

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2006-03-12 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that explains the experience of Weimar Germany in the years 1919-1929.…


Nazi Germany: Life in Nazi Germany

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2005-11-22 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that compares the experience of young people, women and families, and minorities in Nazi Germany. …


Nazi Germany: How did the Nazis Keep Control?

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2005-11-21 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that explains the Nazi methods of control: the carrot, the stick, and propaganda.…


International Relations: The Paris Peace Conference

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2005-11-20 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that presents an overview of the aims of the Big Three, and considers the outcome of the Treaty of Versailles.…


British Depth Study: Liberal Reforms

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2005-11-18 :: Scott Allsop
An audio revision guide that covers why the Liberal Reforms were introduced, what they did, and how successful they were.…


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GCSE and IGCSE History Revision Guides: Mr Allsop History

Audio podcast revision guides for GCSE and IGCSE History courses in Modern World History.

GCSE and IGCSE History Revision Guides: Mr Allsop History