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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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Current Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Sep 28, 2016
  • American Liberal Journalism, Stalin and the Second World War
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  • When American public opinion became deeply anti communist in the second half of World War Two, America's liberal journalistic elite and Stalin apologists were left dangerously exposed. Changes in popular discourse would see them fall victim to post war anti communist purges.
  • Pub Date: Sep 21, 2016
  • Post War British Sexual Politics 1945-1971
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  • Did Britain have a sexual revolution in the 1960s? All indications suggest that momentous change occurred in attitudes to pregnancy, marriage, divorce and homosexuality in that decade. However, in reality Britain had experienced a long century of changing attitudes to sex and private life.
  • Pub Date: Sep 09, 2016
  • Tito and Yugoslavia in 1945
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  • At the end of the Second World War, intense ethnic hatreds had been reawoken in Yugoslavia and Josef Tito's victorious communist partisans took advantage of internecine feuds and attempted to suppress them in order to establish Yugoslavia as a communist state.
  • Pub Date: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stalin, showtrials and terror 1936-38
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  • In the second half of the 1930s, after explosive economic growth during the five year plans the USSR was convulsed by murderous political violence. The phenomenon of Stalinist terror has occupied the writing of historians for decades and in this podcast we examine two perspectives.
  • Pub Date: Aug 20, 2016
  • Engels and the Condition of the Working Class in England
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  • In 1845, at the height of Britain's industrial revolution, Friedrich Engels, the son of a German cotton industrialist came to live in Manchester. His study of the lives of the English working classes was the first major work to highlight the appalling effects of the industrial revolution on the poor.
  • Pub Date: Aug 06, 2016
  • Churchill and the Bombing of Bulgaria 1941-44
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  • In the middle years of the Second World War, Bulgaria became a target for repeated and heavy RAF and USAAF bombing raids. Bulgaria's alliance with Germany proved to be a disaster for the country, but there was very little real strategic value for the western allies in the Balkans.