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Riches & Misery: The Consequences Of The Atlantic Slave Trade article icon

History & The Arts 

Riches & Misery: The Consequences Of The Atlantic Slave Trade

What effects did the slave trade have on Africa? How did it develop the Americas? Could Britain have industrialised without the slave trade? Dr Will Hardy assesses the consequences of the Atlantic Slave trade.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Exploring economics: the secret life of t-shirts

This free course, Exploring economics: the secret life of t-shirts, aims to describe what goes into making and selling t-shirts. Which resources, which markets, who is involved, the income people get, the income and value they create are all discussed. You will explore these questions at different stages of the production of a t-shirt, and you'll use concepts from economics such as 'supply chains' or 'value added' to answer them. The course will be described using data. You should think about key numbers and data which help constructing evidence of how a t-shirt is produced, from raw cotton to our wardrobe.

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6 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Different cultures, different childhoods

A 'normal' childhood depends on where you live and when you're born. Heather Montgomery wonders how some common British practices might look to other cultures.

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Society, Politics & Law 

The secret life of T-shirts

Explore the secret life of T-shirts as we look deeper into how they are made, how the value is created and who benefits from this value. 

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History & The Arts 

Welsh history and its sources

This free course, Welsh history and its sources, is a teaching and learning resource for anyone interested in Welsh history. It contains study materials, links to some of the most important institutions that contribute to our understanding of the history of Wales, and a pool of resources that can help you understand Welsh history and the way it is studied. Included in the material is a taster of the Open University course Small country, big history: themes in the history of Wales (A182).

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25 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Contemporary Wales

This free course provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society, politics and culture of Wales, providing a wealth of up-to-date evidence that is organised around core social science concepts and theories, to help you make sense of a changing nation.

Free course
15 hrs
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Money & Business 

How lower tax drew trade unionists to the Tories

Alan Shipman explains how a substantial number of manual and professional workers also switched to support Thatcher in the 1979 general election.

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The Conservative Manifesto - Then and Now

Alan Shipman looks back at the 1979 Conservative Manifesto and compares it to their modern day manifesto.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Education and the General Election of 1979

Dr Frank Monaghan looks back at the immediate run-up to the 1979 general election which led to a massive shake-up in education, the consequences of which are still with us today. 

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How(e) 'Labour Isn't Working' did the job for the Conservatives

Alan Shipman discusses how Saatchi and Saatchi's 'Labour Isn't Working' campaign became the poster-child of political advertising.

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Xi who must be obeyed

The giant pandas are a plus – but China’s main appeal to western leaders is its ability to lead the giant projects their own companies won’t invest in, argues Alan Shipman.

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TV, Radio & Events 

OU Lecture 2008: China's impact

Why is China - or any nation - so keen to industrialise, asks Professior Kaplinsky in the fourth part of his lecture

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