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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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Current Episodes:
  • 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
  • Pub Date: Jan 23, 2017
  • India and the outbreak of war 1939
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  • In September 1939 Lord Linlithgow, the British Viceroy of India declared war on Nazi Germany without consulting any of India's political parties. The war presented Indian politicians with opportunities to further their agendas and the British used divide and rule tactics to maintain their control.

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  • Pub Date: Jan 15, 2017
  • The Battle of Amiens, 1918
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  • Following the failure of Germany's last bid to defeat Britain, France and America in the west, a counter offensive took advantage of the Kaiser Army's weakness. The decisive moment, politically and militarily came on August 8th 1918 with the Battle of Amiens, after which Germany's leaders saw the war as unwinnable.
  • Pub Date: Jan 09, 2017
  • Hitler and the Catholic Church 1933-37
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  • In 1933, as Hitler consolidated his power, he signed an agreement or 'concordat' with the Catholic Church, removing the power of the Papacy from German politics. Within months, however, the deal was abandoned and persecution of the church began. This podcast explores the reasons for the Nazis betrayal of the church.
  • Pub Date: Jan 01, 2017
  • Radical Politics and British Pop Music 1976-87
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  • For the first time in its history, British popular music became radically politicised in the mid 1970s as a result of the rise of far right racist groups in Britain. This radicalism lasted long into the 1980s, ending with the advent of New Labour.