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To Prove Myself a Villain? History, Controversy and the Ideas of Tyranny

This course examines five figures who have left dramatic and controversial marks on popular history: Richard III, Cromwell, Robespierre, Lenin, Mussolini. We will explore the historical realities behind the controversies.

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Document Coursework book

A selection of exercises related to the course.

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Link BBC History Podcast, Richard III Special

BBC History Magazine, History Extra Podcast, Lin Foxhall, Phil Stone and Matt Elton, Richard III Special - on the finding of his body (first 47...

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Link BBC History Podcast, Cromwellian Regicides

BBC History Magazine, History Extra, Charles Spencer on Hunting the (Cromwellian) Regicides (first 32 mins)

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Link Pathe News, Mussolini and the March on Rome

March on Rome, ‘Italian Demonstration, Mussolini in Top Hat, March on Rome’ , 1922

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Link Putting Richard III on Trial

Article by Stephen Cooper
Published in History Today Volume 63 Issue 11 November 2013

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Link The Richard III Society

The famous society dedicated to the promotion of Richard's memory - not entirely objective perhaps!

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Link Robespierre and the Reign of Terror

A short video overview from the American broadcaster, the History Channel - some colourful scenes!

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Link Lenin's Funeral, 1924

Billed as 'First and Exclusive' from Pathe News

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Link BCW Project - British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate

Offers a vast range of material on the Civil Wars

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Link Charles I's downfall from History Today

Article on Charles I’s role in his own downfall, by Graham Goodlad, from March 2009

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Link The National Archives - Petition of Rights

Transcript of the Petition of Rights, 1628, which played a key role in Parliament v. Charles I tensions, and his assertion of ‘Personal Rule’

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Link The Short Reign of Richard Cromwell

Article By Richard Cavendish, from History Today Volume 59 Issue 5 May 2009

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Link John Thurloe, Cromwell’s Spymaster

Short biog and portraits of Thurloe, from the Government’s art collection

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Link Assessing Cromwell’s Legacy

Article from the New Statesman, December, 2010

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Document Timeline: The War of the Roses

A brief timeline showing the key phases of the War of the Roses

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Document Timeline: Cromwell's Era

A brief timeline showing the key phases of Cromwell's Era

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Link The French Revolution: Ideas and Ideologies

An overview of the ideological influences on the French Revolution.
From an article by Maurice Cranston in History Today, Volume 39 Issue 5...

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Document Timeline:The French Revolution

A brief overview of the key events of revolution from its causes to the downfall of the monarchy.

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Link The Role and Reign of Louis XVI

A biography of Louis XVI from BBC History

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Link The Early Years of Marie-Antoinette

Article by Richard Cavendish, from History Today, Volume 55 Issue 11 November 2005

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Document Robespierre and the Reign of Terror Timeline

Timeline of key events in Robespierre's rise and fall

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Document Russian Revolution timeline

A timeline of key issues and events leading to the collapse of Tsardom and the February Revolution

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Document Lenin's Rise to Power - key timeline

A timeline showing key issues and events associated with Lenin's takeover of Russia

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Document The Rise of Italy timeline

Timeline of the key events leading to the creation of the Italian state.

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Document Mussolini's Rise & Fall: Timeline

Timeline of the key events leading to the rise of Mussolini and his policies and actions

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