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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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Current Episodes:
  • Pub Date: May 18, 2017
  • 1979 and the Birth of Neoliberalism
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  • In the late 1970s, after a decade of economic stagnation, western economies, accompanied by China, began the first steps towards the abandonment of the Bretton Woods system and social democracy. They replaced it with the current model of global economics, neoliberalism.
  • Pub Date: May 08, 2017
  • IG Farben and the Holocaust
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  • In 1947 the last of the Nuremberg trials began. The accused were German industrialists from the chemicals cartel IG Farben. Prosecutors charged them with using slave labour at their bunawerk factory during the Second World War - Auschwitz Monowitz.
  • Pub Date: Apr 26, 2017
  • War and British National Identity in the 20th Century
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  • The development of British national identity in the 20th Century is intimately connected with conflict. War has provided a unifying force that has held together an inherently fissile union throughout the century.
  • Pub Date: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stalin and the Soviet Bomb 1945-49
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  • Stalin and his chief henchman Lavrenti Beria poured resources from a devastated USSR into the creation of an atomic bomb from 1945 onwards. The development of the bomb rested on Soviet espionage and the ability of scientists to experiment and work without ideological controls.
  • Pub Date: Apr 04, 2017
  • Bretton Woods 1944-1971
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  • In 1944 at Bretton Woods in the USA a new model of the world economy that would provide postwar stability and prosperity was devised. However, the compromises and plans of the USA meant that the system created a fatal flaw, leaving it to unravel by 1971.
  • Pub Date: Mar 27, 2017
  • Mao, Khrushchev and the Great Leap Forward
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  • Between 1958-1962 Mao's second five year plan, known as the Great Leap Forward, resulted in economic chaos and a famine that killed over 40 million people. It was in part inspired by Mao's attempts to eclipse Soviet leader Khrushchev as the leader of the communist world.