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  • What is happening in Yemen? Creative commons image Icon Pim Pim under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    What is happening in Yemen?

    By Dr Vincent Durac

    100,000 people have lost their lives in the ongoing conflict in Yemen. As the crisis drags into a seventh year,...

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    Updated on:

    09 Jan 2017

  • What is happening in Yemen?

    What is happening in Yemen? Creative commons image Icon Pim Pim under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Updated 09 Jan 2017
    100,000 people have lost their lives in the ongoing conflict in Yemen. As the crisis drags into a seventh year, Vincent Durac explains the background - and...
  • International Day of Peace Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Georges Kyrillos | Dreamstime.com

    International Day of Peace

    By The OpenLearn team

    21 September is the UN's International Day of Peace. Learn more about peace and coping after conflict with these...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Sep 2016

  • International Day of Peace

    International Day of Peace Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Georges Kyrillos | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2016
    21 September is the UN's International Day of Peace. Learn more about peace and coping after conflict with these articles and videos.
  • Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria? Creative commons image Icon Michael Hnatov/Physicians for Human Rights under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria?

    By Imogen Mathers

    As medical facilities become targets in the ongoing war, medics are moving into the mountains. Imogen Mathers finds...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Jul 2016

  • Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria?

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    Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria? Creative commons image Icon Michael Hnatov/Physicians for Human Rights under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
    As medical facilities become targets in the ongoing war, medics are moving into the mountains. Imogen Mathers finds out more.
  • The Last Day of World War One Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    The Last Day of World War One

    In this episode of Timewatch, Michael Palin explores why soldiers were dying right up to the very start of the armistice.

    By The Timewatch team

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Jul 2016

  • The Last Day of World War One

    The Last Day of World War One Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Updated 15 Jul 2016
    In this episode of Timewatch, Michael Palin explores why soldiers were dying right up to the very start of the armistice.
  • Breaking News: Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Painting public domain image

    Breaking News: Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo

    By The OpenLearn team

    The Battle of Waterloo on 18th June, 1815, is a key date in British history. But how was it reported at the time? As...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Jun 2015

  • Breaking News: Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo

    Breaking News: Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Painting public domain image
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jun 2015
    The Battle of Waterloo on 18th June, 1815, is a key date in British history. But how was it reported at the time? As you'd expect, not impartially...
  • Myth making at the movies - Musings on Mad Max: Fury Road Creative commons image Icon Clawsoncat via Deviantart under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license

    Myth making at the movies - Musings on Mad Max: Fury Road

    By Dr Paula James

    The film Mad Max: Fury Road is set in the dystopian future, but is the narrative a recycled story from Roman and...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 May 2015

  • Myth making at the movies - Musings on Mad Max: Fury Road

    Myth making at the movies - Musings on Mad Max: Fury Road Creative commons image Icon Clawsoncat via Deviantart under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2015
    The film Mad Max: Fury Road is set in the dystopian future, but is the narrative a recycled story from Roman and Greek times? N.B. contains spoilers for...
  • What was the war in 1864 about? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public Domain

    What was the war in 1864 about?

    As Danish drama 1864 comes to BBC Four, what was the war at the heart of the series all about?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 May 2015

  • What was the war in 1864 about?

    What was the war in 1864 about? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public Domain
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 May 2015
    As Danish drama 1864 comes to BBC Four, what was the war at the heart of the series all about?
  • The purpose of war Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: ArmyAmber

    The purpose of war

    By Professor Laurie Taylor, Professor Ian Morris

    War! What is it good for! Actually, Ian Morris suggests that it might make life generally less violent. He explained...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Apr 2015

  • The purpose of war

    The purpose of war Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: ArmyAmber
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
    War! What is it good for! Actually, Ian Morris suggests that it might make life generally less violent. He explained how to Laurie Taylor.
  • Good god! 12 labours of Putin is all about Vlad’s personality cult Creative commons image Icon Wikimedia under CC-BY-4.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    Good god! 12 labours of Putin is all about Vlad’s personality cult

    By Dr Laura Swift

    Is an art exhibition in Russia, conveying Putin as the Greek hero Heracles (Hercules), narcissistic, sinister or...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Oct 2014

  • Good god! 12 labours of Putin is all about Vlad’s personality cult

    Good god! 12 labours of Putin is all about Vlad’s personality cult Creative commons image Icon Wikimedia under CC-BY-4.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Oct 2014
    Is an art exhibition in Russia, conveying Putin as the Greek hero Heracles (Hercules), narcissistic, sinister or hilariously ironic?
  • Thinking outside the box: Resolving the Palestinian problem Creative commons image Icon Catherine Pain under Creative-Commons license

    Thinking outside the box: Resolving the Palestinian problem

    By Dick Skellington, Professor Hovhanness I Pilikian

    Dick Skellington talks to Middle East scholar Professor Hovhanness Israel Pilikian about how to start the process of...

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    Updated on:

    22 Aug 2014

  • Thinking outside the box: Resolving the Palestinian problem

    Thinking outside the box: Resolving the Palestinian problem Creative commons image Icon Catherine Pain under Creative-Commons license
    Updated 22 Aug 2014
    Dick Skellington talks to Middle East scholar Professor Hovhanness Israel Pilikian about how to start the process of reconciliation and peace.

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  • China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?

    This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and analyses whether China’s rapid rise will lead to greater...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    19 Jan 2017

  • China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?

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    China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 19 Jan 2017
    This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and...
  • How do empires work?

    How are empires ruled? How do military, economic, logistic and cultural constructs combine to create 'systems of empire'? This free course, How do...

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    1 hour

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Jan 2016

  • How do empires work?

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    How do empires work?
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 19 Jan 2016
    How are empires ruled? How do military, economic, logistic and cultural constructs...

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    Conflict and development

    Course Course
    Conflict and development Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 13 Apr 2017
    Combining theoretical concepts with practical tools, this module explores the...

    International development: making sense of a changing world

    Course Course
    International development: making sense of a changing world Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 07 Sep 2017
    An interdisciplinary module including key areas such as different models of...
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