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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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Current Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Jan 15, 2017
  • The Battle of Amiens, 1918
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  • Following the failure of Germany's last bid to defeat Britain, France and America in the west, a counter offensive took advantage of the Kaiser Army's weakness. The decisive moment, politically and militarily came on August 8th 1918 with the Battle of Amiens, after which Germany's leaders saw the war as unwinnable.
  • Pub Date: Jan 09, 2017
  • Hitler and the Catholic Church 1933-37
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  • In 1933, as Hitler consolidated his power, he signed an agreement or 'concordat' with the Catholic Church, removing the power of the Papacy from German politics. Within months, however, the deal was abandoned and persecution of the church began. This podcast explores the reasons for the Nazis betrayal of the church.
  • Pub Date: Jan 01, 2017
  • Radical Politics and British Pop Music 1976-87
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  • For the first time in its history, British popular music became radically politicised in the mid 1970s as a result of the rise of far right racist groups in Britain. This radicalism lasted long into the 1980s, ending with the advent of New Labour.
  • Pub Date: Dec 12, 2016
  • From Tito to Milosevic - the breakup of Yugoslavia
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  • What factors led to the destruction of Yugoslavia and the death of 140,000 people over a decade? This podcast examines the mounting tensions that communism's failure unleashed.
  • Pub Date: Nov 27, 2016
  • Nixon, Reagan and the war on drugs 1971-1989
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  • By the late 1960s anxieties over rapid social change and racial tensions promoted a conservative backlash against the perceived permissiveness of the decade. Richard Nixon and then Ronald Reagan used the criminalisation of drugs to present themselves as defenders of American values but the consequences of their policies in America and beyond have been catastrophic.