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A reader's guide to On Chesil Beach

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Oct 2008
A couple take their first steps towards intimacy against the sound of the surf crashing on the Dorset coast. It's not as romantic as it sounds...

High Street History: Post-war buildings

High Street History: Post-war buildings Creative commons image Credit: TenThirtyNine under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Sep 2008
Unloved by many, the concrete and glass of the post-war era is finding its place on the High Street.

Death on the eve of Armistice

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Sep 2008
Flu and a last gasp of fighting claimed lives even as the First World War was coming to a close. Michael Palin spoke to two experts to find out why.

1968 and the 9 to 5

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Sep 2008
1968 was a year of revolutions, but Mark Banks suggests that work isn't the new freedom for all.

A reader's guide to Fortress Besieged

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Aug 2008
More than one charlatan in academia? Qian Zhongshu takes on pseudo-intellectualism in the era after the Sino-Japanese War.

A reader's guide to Revolutionary Road

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 May 2008
Set against the Eisenhower Presidency, Revolutionary Road captures 1950s America - and preshadows what would come next.

A reader's guide to The Grass Is Singing

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2008
Doris Lessing's debut novel drew deep on her experiences in 1950s Rhodesia.

OU on the BBC: Timewatch - Ten Pound Poms

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jan 2008
Timewatch recalled the time when Australia was so keen to attract immigrants, the state paid for their passage

Meet the Ten Pound Poms

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Jan 2008
It was an offer too good to be true: a new life in Australia for a tenner. Did the Ten Pound Poms get a bargain?

The legacy of Empire: The Bengal Famine

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jan 2008
Does the Bengal Famine shape the way Indians view the British?