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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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Current Episodes:
  • 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.
  • Pub Date: Nov 20, 2016
  • Class Warfare in Spain 1918-1931
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  • In the decade and a half before the Spanish Civil War, a bitterly divided society existed in constant conflict. Wealthy landowners and industrialists, supported by the army and civil guard viewed the peasantry as a subhuman 'other' and feared the threat of communism.

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  • Pub Date: Nov 12, 2016
  • Calcutta and the Indian Partition 1946
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  • In 1946, following the formation of a Hindu dominated transitional government in India, inter ethnic violence broke out in Calcutta. Hindus and Muslims killed their neighbours in days of rioting, but the violence continued for two years, during and after the partition.
  • Pub Date: Oct 31, 2016
  • Britain's changing wartime relationship with its colonies
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  • Throughout the Second World War, Britain saw its colonies as sources of available manpower, food and finance. As Britain's fortunes changed throughout the conflict, so did its attitude to the present and future of the rest of the empire.
  • Pub Date: Oct 25, 2016
  • Book Review: The Making Of An SS Killer
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  • A review of Dr Alex Kay's excellent biography of SS Colonel Alfred Filbert.

    You can buy the book here: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/the-making-of-an-ss-killer-the-life,alex-j-kay-9781316601426
  • Pub Date: Oct 15, 2016
  • Black Radical Politics in Inter War Harlem
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  • Harlem was the epicentre of black cultural and intellectual life in the inter war decades. Competing radical nationalist and communist parties struggled with each other to attract members from with black community. Each attempted to address the problems of discrimination and prejudice that black Americans faced.