[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.

Thanks to Allison Christians [Stikeman Chair in Tax Law McGill University] for referencing this page on her Blog Tax, Society and Culture

You may access the other sections of my own website here



  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 Unemployment 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


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

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; Jean Paul Sartre [3 part video series]   NEW February 2014 Link broken Sorry

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 Professor Bob Jessop's audio lecture series [with slides] on Antonio Gramsci New May 2014

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 War on Democracy [John Pilger documentary] NEW February 2014

The New Rulers of the World [John Pilger Documentary] NEW February 2014

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

Various Clips from BBC Series : The Stuarts

The English Civil War

Oliver Cromwell

The Glorious Revolution

England 1688-1788

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 One: Two: Three: Four

The French Revolution

Napoleon Bonaparte One; Two; Three ; Four

The British Empire

The Fall of the British Empire One: Two: Three


The USSR and Russia

The Russian Revolution  NEW May 2014

Stalin {American Feature Film]  NEW May 2014

Stalin [Documentary 1]; Stalin [Documentary 2] NEW May 2014

The Cold War [25 part series] NEW December 2016

The Rise and Fall of Gorbachev  NEW December 2016

End of Cold War [3 part documentary]  NEW December 2016

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

Mikhail Gorbachev  NEW December 2016

Boris Yeltsin NEW December 2016

Vladimir Putin's Rise to Power NEW December 2016

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

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.

Click here for a series of Podcasts produced by T. M. Dams on  Film and Media Studies .Especially relevant are  the following 6 Podcasts

Media Representations and Ideology: Introduction

Marx and False  Consciousness

False Class Consciousness and Patriarchy

False Needs; The Frankfurt School

Gramsci and Hegemony

Press Ownership


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]

Why Equality Is better for everyone [ Video on The Spirit Level from The Equalities Trust]

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

Why Inequality Matters

Exposing the Myths of Welfare

Bankers' Bonuses

What is the 50P Tax Rate?

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

The Twitter account 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

New Links added December 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

Income  Inequality and Poverty from the OECD NEW December 2014

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



 Conservatives 1979-2016

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]

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



Labour: 1979-2016

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]

Michael Cockerell's three part BBC documentary on Tony Blair [now via You Tube]


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

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]

Global Financial Meltdown [4 Parts : 2hrs 40 minutes]


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

The Love of Money: One; Two; Three


How the West Went Bust : One ; Two  [Robert Peston]

The Money Trap [How the banks control the world through debt]

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


Gresham's College Politics Lectures [containing a series on British Prime Ministers]


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 : One ; Two; Three

The Vietnam War


President John Kennedy

President John Kennedy

President Lyndon Johnson

President Lyndon Johnson

President Richard Nixon One; Two

President Richard Nixon

President Richard Nixon

President Richard Nixon

President Richard Nixon

The Watergate Scandal  

The Trials of Henry Kissinger

President Gerald Ford

President  Jimmy Carter: Part One; Part Two

President Jimmy Carter

President  Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan [4Hours+!!]

President Ronald Reagan

President George H.W. Bush    One

President George H.W. Bush   Two


President George H. W. Bush : The Unauthorised Biography


President Bill Clinton   One   Two

President Bill Clinton  One 

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

President Bill Clinton [Christopher Hitchens]

President George  W. Bush

President George  W. Bush

President George  W. Bush

Bush's War Part one  [and link to part two]

Click here and here for documentaries on Dick Cheney

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

Divided States of America :One; Two

What exactly is The Tea Party ? [BBC]

Detailed article on the Tea Party

President  Obama, President Bush and The War on Terror

Trump  /Russia One Two Three

Trump's First Hundred Days

Trump The Kremlin Cabdidate

Washington Week

Trump, Impeachment and2018 Mid-Terms

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

The Complete History of Ireland [4hrs 30 minutes]

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

The Treaty [Film]

The Treaty [Documentary]

Michael Collins