History Taster Lectures
School of History Taster Lectures
Watch sample lectures from the experts in our School
Our academics are experts in their fields
Our academic expertise at the School of History is broad and diverse. We take pride in our research-led teaching, which means that you’ll engage with the most up-to-date research. You can choose from modules covering a wide range of historical places and periods, tailoring your degree to suit your skills and interests.
Find out more about our academic members of staff and their areas of expertise.
Ten days in Harlem: Fidel Castro and the Making of the 1960s
In this lecture Simon Hall, Professor of Modern History at the University of Leeds, shows how Fidel Castro’s trip to New York, in September 1960, for the UN General Assembly was a foundational moment in the trajectory of the Cold War, a turning point in the history of anti-colonial struggle, and a launching pad for the social, cultural and political tumult of the decade that followed.
The First World War: A Global Conflict
It was in this febrile atmosphere that the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke precipitated a diplomatic chain reaction that led to the outbreak of war.
How did the First World War become an inevitable global conflict? Dr Jessica Meyer, Associate Professor of Modern British History, gives us an insight into the factors that led to a world war and the lasting impact of such a global cataclysm.
Colonialism in Africa: Counter-Insurgency and Cover-ups
Professor Shane Doyle investigates why the history of empire matters, how the UK sought to shape colonies’ post-colonial futures, how British governments sought to control historical understanding, and how historians make history from a censored archive.
Content warning: This lecture contains discussions of violence and some images relating to the Mau Mau Uprising. The lecture also discusses some primary sources which reproduced racist stereotypes.
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