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OU on the BBC: Timewatch - Last Day of World War One

OU on the BBC: Timewatch - Last Day of World War One Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Nov 2014
Michael Palin joins the Timewatch team to discover why troops were still dying after the peace had been signed.

The Great Fall: How it happened

The Great Fall: How it happened Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
How did the fall of the Berlin Wall come about? 

The Great Fall: Teacher experience

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
The Open University's Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies shares his experiences as a teacher during the Fall of the...

The 70th Anniversary of D-Day

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Updated 05 Jun 2014
On the 6th June 1944 the Allied invasion of Normandy began. This year (2014) marks the 70th Anniversary of 'D-Day'.

The origins of the First World War

The origins of the First World War Copyright free image Credit: By Underwood & Underwood. (US War Dept.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jan 2014
An in-depth look at how Europe ended up fighting a four-year war on a global scale.

The July Crisis: Ultimatum and outbreak of war

The July Crisis: Ultimatum and outbreak of war Creative commons image Credit: Wilhelm Dahms, L├╝beckische Anzeigen vom 2. August 1914 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jan 2014
A series of diplomatic maneuverings in July 1914 led to an ultimatum from Austria-Hungary to Serbia, and to war.

The July Crisis: Immediate reactions

The July Crisis: Immediate reactions Creative commons image Credit: By lebstock (The New York Times) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jan 2014
A diplomatic crisis in 1914 led Europe towards war. Find out what happened after Franz Ferdinand's assassination.

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The Holocaust

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The Holocaust Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
This unit explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is commonly known. The mass killing represented by the Holocaust raises many...

The repute and reality of being a Roman emperor

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Jun 2011
The Roman emperor had key relationships with several differing groups within the Roman empire, including the senate, the populace of Rome, the army...