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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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Current Episodes:
  • 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.
  • Pub Date: Feb 27, 2017
  • Book Review: A Short History of the Russian Revolution
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  • Monthly book review and discussion of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
  • Pub Date: Feb 20, 2017
  • Japan, war and hardship 1937-41
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  • By 1941 Japan was facing acute economic crises due to the long drawn out war in China and the American oil and scrap metal embargo. The surprise attack on Pearl Harbour seemed to many Japanese a way out of the crisis.
  • Pub Date: Feb 13, 2017
  • The Fate of Europe's Collaborators - 1945
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  • At the end of the Second World War, savage reprisals against anyone suspected of collaborating with the Nazis swept Europe. In many instances, however, political and personal motivations led to widespread violence and killing.
  • Pub Date: Feb 06, 2017
  • Kennedy, the CIA and Vietnam 1960-1963
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  • In November 1963, shortly before he was assassinated, John F Kennedy ordered the overthrow of President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam. Diem, a corrupt authoritarian had become an embarrassment and his lack of support meant the likelihood of a communist takeover in Vietnam was steadily growing.
  • Pub Date: Jan 30, 2017
  • Book Review: British Political History
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  • The first of our new monthly book review podcasts, this month focusing on British political history with:
    * Alice in Westminster br Rachel Reeves
    * Westminster Diary by Bernard Donoughue
    * With Respect, Minister by Brian Unwin