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Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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January 2013 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Jan 24, 2013
  • Hitler's War Aims
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  • What was Hitler seeking to achieve through war? This podcast seeks to explain Hitler's war aims, and examine the difference between his general ambitions and concrete goals.
  • Pub Date: Jan 22, 2013
  • Richard Nixon
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  • How did Nixon's early life, personality and outlook affect his life and career? What led him inexorably towards the Watergate Scandal?
    Find out in this podcast, which focuses on Nixon From 1945-69.
  • Pub Date: Jan 22, 2013
  • Explaining Nazi Germany (Why did wartime German successes become defeats?)
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  • Why did Germany lose World War Two especially when she had been so successful initially? This quick podcast explores the reasons behind Germany's downfall.
  • Pub Date: Jan 18, 2013
  • Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
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  • How and why did Martin Luther King become involved in the civil rights movement in the South? What were his political and religious beliefs? How did visiting India change him?
  • Pub Date: Jan 18, 2013
  • Adolf Hitler Part One
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  • How did Hitler's early years shape his future? What motivated him in his long years of destitution in Vienna? Why did he embrace the opportunity to fight for Germany so eagerly?
  • Pub Date: Jan 18, 2013
  • Exam Advice
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  • A break from the norm, here's a quick audio on how to think about studying history and sitting exam papers. If you've got some January exams coming up, listen to this, I've included a few thoughts on some general principals that examiners want to see.
  • Pub Date: Jan 12, 2013
  • The Soviet Famines, a Stalinist Genocide?
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  • Can we view Stalin's famines in the Ukraine and Kazakhstan in 1931-33 as genocides? Here is an examination of the legal and historical debate.
  • Pub Date: Jan 10, 2013
  • Women, Children and Families after 1917
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  • After 1917 there were radical changes to almost every walk of life, women, children and families all radically altered as service to the new Communist state took centre stage in everyone's lives.
    How did Lenin impose his own ideas of the role and the nature of individuals on the rest of Russia? Listen to this podcast for the answers.
  • Pub Date: Jan 10, 2013
  • Stalin and Trotsky
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  • Why did Trotsky, the hero of the Red Army and the most likely candidate to succeed Lenin, fail to become leader of the USSR after his death?
    How did Stalin use his position to build a powerbase of mass support?
  • Pub Date: Jan 08, 2013
  • Lenin Part One
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  • The first in a series of podcasts on Lenin. This podcast looks at Lenin's early years and his development into a professional revolutionary.
  • Pub Date: Jan 04, 2013
  • Explaining Nazi Germany Part Three (The Holocaust and Cumulative Radicalisation)
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  • How and why did the Holocaust develop from persecution to mass murder? Was there a long term plan or did the chaos of Nazism drive events along?
    In exploring these questions, we can examine the historiography behind the Holocaust, and evaluate it with evidence.
  • Pub Date: Jan 04, 2013
  • Explaining Nazi Germany Part Two (Chaos and Hitler's Style of Government)
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  • Why was Hitler's government so chaotic? Was it part of an orchestrated chaos? What were the results of government ministries fighting one another to please the Fuhrer?
    These are essential areas to address at A Level and GCSE, listen to this recording for an analysis of these questions.
Explaining Nazi Germany
  • Pub Date: Jan 04, 2013
  • Explaining Nazi Germany Part One
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  • This is the first in six podcasts designed specifically with students of Nazi Germany in mind. In the run up to exam time, I will examine some of the core questions behind the study of Nazism, and hopefully dispel a few myths or misconceptions.
  • Pub Date: Jan 04, 2013
  • Explaining Nazi Germany (Terror and Consent)
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  • Did the Nazis have to use mass terror to maintain support for themselves? Or did the German people have a far more complex and sometimes contradictory relationship with the regime that ruled them? This podcast explores the extent to which Nazism relied on terror and consent.