[The above links will take you the the various sections  of  my website: Earlham Sociology pages ...which also includes some information on Government and Politics]

A Compendium of Video and Audio Materials for Students of Advanced Level Government and Politics,  Sociology and History  and for the General Reader. [There are also some articles.]

This page will contain links to some resources which may enable students to widen and deepen their knowledge and understanding of political and/or sociological issues which are directly covered in the  Advanced Level Politics and Government and Sociology Specifications but I have also included links to items of more general political and/or sociological importance which may be of interest to both Advanced Level students  and general readers as the world faces increasingly difficult challenges to the achievement of  social justice and environmental sustainability.


Some  acknowledgements and useful additional links

I am very grateful to Scarlet Monahan who has helped me to publicise my work on Twitter via Retweets to her very numerous followers.  You may click the following link for Scarlet's own website containing examples of her artwork and her satirical animations redintherain [Scarlet Monahan]

Thanks to one of my Twitter colleagues [SJ Raggy Troosers] for some  interesting documentaries on the financial crisis

Steve Bassett from the Sociology Department of Park College Eastbourne has produced several very informative Podcasts investigating  Democracy, the State, the Mass Media, Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Development and Under-Development and much more.



Click here and here for more A Level Sociology resources and here and here  for more A Level Politics and Government Resources.



  There are now a large number of links on this page  but I hope that the following menu will help visitors to navigate among them. The most recent additions are a  number of links on American Presidencies and Presidential Elections



Politics: Theory/Practice Key Historical Topics The USSR and Russia The Middle East  China
The Mass Media Feminism UK Welfare and Inequality BBC/ Sky : Annual Political Reviews 2015-19 The Conservatives 1945-
 The Labour Party 1945- The Liberal Democrats The  Financial Crisis 2007- British Government Institutions UK EU Referendum
American Presidencies [not finished!]

US Presidential Elections 2000- 16

Ireland The Cold War The Sociology of Development

Aspects of Politics: Theory and Practice

Link to Series of Video Lectures on Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, ,Burke ,Marx and others  [By Dr. Pete Woodcock of Huddersfield University ]

Click here for the BBC Radio 4 archive of Melvyn Bragg's "In Our Time" [Culture; History: Philosophy; Religion; Science]

Lectures on Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau, Paine, Wollstonecraft, De Beauvoir, Fanon, Foucault, Butler and more from University of British Columbia NEW April 2014

 Lecture Course European Civilization 1648= 1945: John Merriman

Michel Foucault: Beyond Good and Evil  NEW December 2014

Philosophy Lectures from Professor Rick Roderick [R.I.P] NEW December 2014

The Self Under Siege: Philosophy in the C20th  [Also from Professor Roderick] NEW December 2014

 Albert Camus: The Madness of Sincerity NEW December 2014

Albert Camus : In Our Time

Click here and here for two You tube collections of Bryan Magee discussion programmes on Philosophers [Some overlap]

Click here for An Introduction to General Philosophy [from Oxford University]

 Click here for  a Yale Lecture Course on Political Philosophy

Click here and here for items on Thomas Hobbes [In Our Time and Yale University lecture]

Machiavelli : Documentary 1: Documentary 2  Dramatised Documentary

Thomas Paine {You Tube: Part One; Part Two]

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Radio Serial One: Two; Three

Stephanie Flanders’ three part  series for the BBC: Masters of Money: John Maynard Keynes: Friedrich Hayek: Karl Marx 

 Human: All Too Human: Friedrich Nietzsche ; Martin Heidegger; [3 part video series]  

Western Philosophy: The School of Life

Gloria de Piero on Mary Wollstonecraft  NEW March 2014

Detailed lecture with slides on Mary Wollstonecraft NEW April 2014

 Laurie Taylor: Thinking Allowed on Neoliberalism  One; Two

Laurie Taylor : Thinking Allowed on Capitalism with Ha-Joon Chang and David Harvey

Laurie Taylor: Thinking Allowed on Michel Foucault

Laurie Taylor : Thinking Allowed on Walter Benjamin

David Harvey's Animation on Crises of Capitalism

David Harvey in discussion on "Hard Talk"

David Harvey LSE Lecture : The 17 Contradictions of Capitalism NEW May 2014

 David Harvey RSA Lecture  [Shorter version] :

Tony Benn: One; Two

Marx was Right {IQ2 debate]

Why Marx was Right[ Terry Eagleton discusses his book] NEW March 2014

Detailed video resources on Marxism from the Richard .D. Wolff website NEW April 2014

Click here for a series of audio lectures with slides on Antonio Gramsci presented by Professor Bob Jessop.

Click and scroll down for  two  Guardian series of articles by Peter Thompson  on Marxism and on The Frankfurt School NEW April 2014

Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine

The Films and Documentaries of John Pilger [Nearly all of them!!] NEW February 2014 


Some Key Historical Topics

Alan Brown's History Videos on You Tube [Information on First and Second World Wars  and much more]

Mr Allsop's You Tube History Channel [About 200 hundred videos usually 10-20 minutes!]

The Crusades One Two

The Peasants' Revolt of 1381 [Documentary presented by Tony Robinson]

The Wars of the Roses

Various Clips from BBC Series : The Stuarts

The English Civil War

Oliver Cromwell

The Glorious Revolution

The Glorious Revolution

William Pitt : The Younger   [Lecture by William Hague]

Gladstone and Disraeli: One; Two; Three; Four; Five; Six

David Lloyd George

37 Days: Countdown to World War One


Churchill's legacy

The French Revolution

Terror, Robespierre and the  French Revolution

Napoleon Bonaparte One; Two; Three ; Four

The British Empire   1-5

The Fall of the British Empire One: Two: Three


The USSR and Russia

Tsars and Revolutions  NEW May 2014

The Russian Revolution

Lenin and the Russian Revolution


Stalin and the Man of Steel   ;Mainly Stalin in the Second World War


Trotsky: Rise and Fall of  Revolutionary

Trotsky: a discussion

Trotsky { Discussion with Robert Service]

The Cold War [25 part series] NEW December 2016

Mikhail Gorbachev [lecture by William Taubman]

Mikhail Gorbachev and the end of the Cold War

The Rise and Fall of Gorbachev  NEW December 2016

Gorbachev :One; Two; Three; Four  NEW December 2016

Mikhail Gorbachev  NEW December 2016

Boris Yeltsin NEW

Series of podcasts on Stain, Gorbachev, Yeltsin

Vladimir Putin's Rise to Power NEW December 2016

The Rise of Vladimir Putin One  Two

Vladimir Putin 1 [BBC] NEW December 2016

Vladimir Putin 2 BBC December 2016

Vladimir Putin 3 BBC December 2016

Ukraine Crisis [Updates from BBC] December 2016

Vladimir Putin: The Putin System

Inside Putin's Russia

Putin, Russia and the West [4 hours]

The Middle East

Birth of Israel: Birth of a Nation

The 50 Years War : Israel and the Arabs: Part One; Part Two

The Arab Israeli War

The Truth on Israel- Palestine Conflict

Iran and the West: The Man who changed the world: One; Two; Three


The Iraq War


The Chilcot Inquiry [BBC}

BBC News Country Profiles [See Middle East]

Libya ; The Rise and Fall of Gaddafi

Saudi Arabia Uncovered

 Very useful articles from LSE Politics and Policy Blog: Financial Crisis; Post -Ideological Society?  ;  Adam Smith and Inequality NEW February 2014


Mao's Bloody Revolution

Chairman Mao Declassified

Chinese Revolution

The Mass Media [NEW links added March 2014]

Noam Chomsky on The Mass Media [Thanks to C. P. MacLochlann]

Click here for a critical assessment of the organisation and activities of the Mass Media in the USA [Video 25 minutes: You Tube]

Click here for recent Opinion Poll for Guardian  showing  respondents more likely to  believe that the BBC has a left-wing bias than  to believe that it has a right-wing bias

Click here and here for articles suggesting that the BBC has a Right Wing Bias

Click here for a 9 part series of Podcasts on Media Sociology produced by Steve Bassett of Park College Eastbourne.


Recent Developments in Feminism

Judith Butler. Queer Theory and Gender Performativity NEW April 2014

Gloria de Piero on Mary Wollstonecraft  NEW March 2014

Detailed lecture with slides on Mary Wollstonecraft NEW April 2014

Feminism in the Media [LSE Podcast]

Kimberle Crenshaw Lecture on Feminist Theory [LSE Podcast] NEW March 2014

Germaine Greer discusses The Whole Woman [from 1999] NEW April 2014

Germaine Greer Lecture 2012 NEW April 2014

Feminism and Privilege [From March 2014 WOW Conference on Feminist Issues] NEW March 2014

Vast Array of Talks and Discussions on Feminist Issues  [From March 2014 Conference on Feminist Issues] NEW March 2014 

Welfare and Inequality

How TV Portrays the Working Class [Owen Jones TV Lecture Clip]

Chavs [Owen Jones in discussion with Laurie Taylor BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed]

Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class {Owen Jones Video]

Independent Article by Owen Jones [Feb.2014]

The Price of Inequality [Joseph Stiglitz video]

The Equalities Trust Homepage [Several relevant articles here]

Classonline Home Page [Next 4 items are articles from Classonline]

Why Inequality Matters

Exposing the Myths of Welfare

 Very useful articles from LSE Politics and Policy Blog: Financial Crisis; Post -Ideological Society?  ;  Adam Smith and Inequality NEW February 2014

The website of Professor Danny Dorling  [Excellent resources on Social Inequality] NEW October 2014

The Establishment and how they get away with it[ Owen Jones LSE podcast] NEW October 2014

Good Times Bad Times: the Welfare Myth of Them and Us [ Professor John Hills Podcast from LSE] NEW December 2014

Inequality and the 1%  what goes wrong when the rich become too rich [Professor Danny Dorling Podcast from LSE] NEW December 2014

 Why We cannot afford the Rich Part One; Part Two {Professor Andrew Sayer] NEW December 2014

The New Social Mobility [Video Lecture by Dr Geoff Payne] NEW June 2015 *******

The Precariat: the new, dangerous class  [Video Lecture by Professor Guy Standing ] NEW June 2015 ******

The Precariat; A bogus concept?  by Jan Breman

Article by Guy Standing : response to Jan Breman on the Precariat

Is the precariat a class? by E.O. Wright

The Precariat [Thinking Allowed with Laurie Taylor, Prof Guy Standing and Dr Lisa McKenzie ] NEW June 2015

Beyond the Spirit Level [Video Lecture by Professor Kate Pickett ] NEW June 2015


Annual Political Reviews  2015-2019

BBC Political Review of the Year 2015

BBC Political Review of the Year 2016

BBC Political Review of 2017

BBC Political Review of 2018 

Sky News Review of 2019 



 Conservatives 1979-2020

The New Right and Thatcherism [ a longish document with several useful links]

The End of Margaret Thatcher [a docu-drama posted on YouTube]

The Downing Street Years [a detailed 4 Part BBC documentary {now posted on YouTube} on the Premiership of Margaret Thatcher]

Thatcher : A Very British Revolution {via BBC Iplayer]

The Major Years Part One [Follow subsequent links to parts 2-5]

David Cameron and the Conservative Party [A separate page containing links  mainly to written articles but also to some audio and video resources]

The Conservative- Lib Dem Coalition:  The Greenest Government Ever? [ Guardian interactive item]

Further Links on the Premiership of David Cameron.

Further Links on the Premiership of Theresa May

Further links on Premiership of Boris Johnson


Labour: 1979-2020

Labour1979-1997: The Wilderness Years  [4 part BBC documentary subdivided into 16 parts on You Tube]

The Deal [Channel 4 Dramatised Documentary on the Relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown

The Blair Years : Episode One: Episode Two: Episode Three

The Rise and Fall of Tony Blair: Episode One; Episode Two; [Andrew Rawnsley’s Documentary for Channel 4..now via You Tube]

Tony Blair on 120 years of Labour Party History

Click here for Steve Richard's Radio 4 Series on the Premiership of Gordon Brown

LSE Podcast  by Anthony Seldon on the Premiership of Gordon Brown 

Gordon Brown’s First Year [Andrew Rawnsley for Channel 4 now via You Tube]

Further Links on the Labour Party under the Leadership of Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn Respectively

Steve Richards' 3 part Series on Jeremy Corbyn [2016]

Steve Richards' 3 part series on Jeremy Corbyn [2018]


Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg: The Liberal who came to Power [2 Part Radio 4 series by Steve Richards]

The Financial Crisis

Gordon Brown and the Financial Crisis {Andrew Rawnsley for Channel 4.now via You tube]

Meltdown: The Global Financial Collapse:  One; Two; Three; Four

Global Financial Crisis Explained 

Global Financial Crisis: The Untold Story

The Bank that bust the World

Austerity Illusions and Debt Delusions [Article: Classonline]

Fiscal Austerity [Article: Classonline]

Very useful articles from LSE Politics and Policy Blog: Financial Crisis; Post -Ideological Society?  ;  Adam Smith and Inequality NEW February 2014

British Government Institutions

Reflections: Peter Hennessy interviews long-serving British Politicians [Kinnock, Tebbit, Straw, Williams, Major and more], 

The Cabinet Office and the Centre of Government [ House of Lords Report]  Long, detailed but useful to dip into

 BBC Coverage of long detailed House of Lords Debate on PM, Cabinet and related institutions

Prof. Vernon Bogdanor's wide ranging Politics Lectures for Gresham's College 

How Coalition Government Works { Video from The Constitution Unit of London University

The Cabinet Manual [Article and video from UCL: scroll down a little way for the video]


The Secret World of Whitehall[1] NEW here  December 2013 [Michael Cockerell: BBC First broadcast March 2011]

The Secret World of Whitehall [2 ]NEW here  December 2013 [Michael Cockerell: BBC First broadcast March 2011]

The Secret World of Whitehall [3] New here December 2013[Michael Cockerell: BBC  First Broadcast March 2011]

The following links to another 3 Part BBC Series by Michael Cockerell on The Great Offices of State provide detailed information on three specific government departments

The Dark Department [The Home Office] NEW here December 2013

The Palace of Dreams [The Foreign Office ] NEW here December 2013

The Secret Treasury [The Treasury] NEW here December 2013


USA Presidents from J. F. Kennedy to Barak Obama

The Crash Course : US History [49 short videos]

Several useful lectures on US Politics; eg Polarisation; President, Congress and Foreign Policy

American President: A Reference Resource [The Miller Centre]

The USA In the Vietnam War 1962 -1975 :

The Vietnam War

Presidential Podcasts on all USA Presidents from The Washington Post

President John Kennedy

The Legacy of President John Kennedy

President Lyndon Johnson

President Lyndon Johnson Parts 1-2; Parts 3-4

President Richard Nixon One; Two

President Richard Nixon

President Richard Nixon

President Richard Nixon

President Richard Nixon

The Watergate Scandal  

President Gerald Ford

President Jimmy Carter

President  Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan

President George H.W. Bush   

President George H.W. Bush  

President George H. W. Bush : The Unauthorised Biography

 President Bill Clinton

 President Bill Clinton 

President Bill Clinton [4 Part audio documentary series from BBC]

President George  W. Bush

President George  W. Bush

President George  W. Bush

Bush's War Part one and Part two]

Click here and here for documentaries on Dick Cheney

President Barack Obama { Presidential Podcast : The Washington Post]

What exactly is The Tea Party ? [BBC]

Detailed article on the Tea Party


Trump  /Russia One Two Three

Trump's First Year

President Donald Trump  [Presidential Podcast: The Washington Post]

Washington Week

Trump and the 2018 Mid-Terms

The Conversation US On Donald Trump [600+ articles also with links to other aspects of USA Politics]

Donald Trump [Guardian coverage]

Recent Presidential Elections

Presidential Election 2000 BBC coverage

Bush versus Gore ; The Endless Election ]CNN]

Presidential Election 2004 BBC coverage

 Presidential Election 2008 BBC coverage

Presidential Election 2012 BBC coverage

Presidential Election 2012 Demographics BBC coverage

Presidential Election 2016 BBC coverage

Presidential Election Demographics CNN coverage

The US Supreme Court

Information on important cases  [CNN article]

Information on important cases from Tutor2U

Current Supreme Court Justices  [BBC article]

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Interview

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in conversation.

The History of Ireland

Ireland: A Television History [13 Parts : presented by Robert Kee]

The Story of Ireland

The Troubles: A Secret History

Michael Collins

The Cold War [24 part series]

The Cold War