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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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Current Episodes:
  • 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.
  • Pub Date: Mar 22, 2017
  • 2017 Exams Special: Expert study advice with Lucy Parsons
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  • In a slight change from our regular episodes, I've interviewed study specialist and coach Lucy Parsons to offer her knowledge on how to prepare for history exams and what skills are needed to excel at A level. Coming on Friday: Berlin and Willy Brandt.

    You can find out more about Lucy's academic coaching @ http://lifemoreextraordinary.com
  • Pub Date: Mar 13, 2017
  • The World Recession in the 1970s
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  • After three decades of unprecedented global economic growth from the Second World War onwards, the economy of the first world experienced prolonged economic crisis throughout the 1970s and 1980s. This podcast explores the long and short term causes of the crisis.
  • Pub Date: Mar 04, 2017
  • French Fascism 1919-1939
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  • Throughout the interwar period French politics polarised between right and left, but unlike Germany, the political centre ground managed to hold. On the right, a series of anti communist, pro Catholic, nationalist and militarist parties and societies proliferated, but it took a German invasion in 1940 to create a fascist government in France in the guise of the Vichy regime.