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History

Uncover how different societies, cultures, beliefs and politics were in the past, and the decisions that shaped history

Explore the past and bring it to life. Portsmouth is a city that's been central to key historical events for many centuries.

Below, our academics have created a series of online taster lectures to help your students with their A level History revision. 

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Origins of the French Revolution

The French Revolution was one of the most violent and politically rippling events of the eighteenth century. Professor David Andress considers the reasons why the revolution began, the key players involved, and its lasting legacy.

Origins of the French Revolution – Part 1

Origins of the French Revolution – Part 2

The Terror in the French Revolution

The Terror continues to be one of the most captivating events of the French Revolution.

Here, Professor David Andress considers what ‘Terror’ was within its eighteenth century context, and talks about why the Reign of Terror became the violent and all-consuming machine during 1793-1794.

The Terror in the French Revolution – Part 1

The Terror in the French Revolution – Part 2

The Directory: France 1795-1799

Sandwiched between the events of the Terror and the rise of Napoleon, the premiership of the Directory is often marginalised, or at worst forgotten during the wider history of France in revolution.

Professor David Andress explores the foundations, governance, and downfall of the Directory, and how it ultimately led to the reign of Napoleon.

The Directory: France 1795-1799 – Part 1

The Directory: France 1795-1799 – Part 2

Napoleon: Genius of Megalomaniac?

Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the most fascinating figures of history. Few men have ever raised themselves from such comparative obscurity to such dazzling heights, and fewer have engendered such continual controversy.

We explore Napoleon’s rise, success, decline, fall, and legacy.

Napoleon: Genius or Megalomaniac? Part 1

Napoleon: Genius or Megalomaniac? Part 2

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