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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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Current Episodes:
  • 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.
  • Pub Date: Jul 27, 2016
  • Railways, Revolution and Sun Yat Sen: 1860-1925
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  • In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, railways and steam boats became tools for European powers to colonially exploit a weakened China. Following the 1911 revolution however, rail became a key device by the nationalist Sun Yat Sen to unify a chaotic and fissile country.
  • Pub Date: Jul 20, 2016
  • Britain's Interwar Press Barons
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  • In the 1920s and 1930s the ownership of Britain's newspapers concentrated in an ever smaller number of hands. Lords Northcliffe, Rothermere and Beaverbrook were able to wield unprecedented political power because they had captured a mass audience of readers. They advanced their own political agendas and existed on the far right of the political spectrum in an age of political uncertainty and crisis.
  • Pub Date: Jul 12, 2016
  • The Battle of Tsushima and its aftermath
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  • In 1905 the destruction of the Russian fleet by the Japanese sent political and cultural shockwaves throughout the world. Colonised Asia saw weaknesses in European power that had hitherto never been revealed. The implications for European colonial powers like Britain and France were significant.
  • Pub Date: Jul 03, 2016
  • The Development of the Nazi Concentration Camps
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  • In March 1933 the arrest of thousands of communists, socialists and trade unions saw the birth of Hitler's concentration camp system. However, the idea that the camps were a product of an ordered and planned seizure of power should be revised as new evidence suggests that the camps grew out of chaos and the autonomous actions of the SA.

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    The new A level history series that gives teachers some fresh perspectives and new energising ideas for their lessons will start on October 19th with the first webinar which will focus on modern Britain. On November 2nd I will be co hosting with Alf Wilkinson on Soviet Russia and then on the 9th with Richard Kennet where we will be talking about Nazi Germany. Finally, I’ll be presenting with Helen Snelson on November 16th on post war Germany from 1945-1991.

    If you’re a subscriber to Explaining History you can get a discount on each booking by following the link that comes with this podcast and quoting the promotionally code WF0009023, which is also listed below; this will save you ten percent on the booking costs.

    Click here to book: http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Event/563