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Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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January 2015 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Jan 31, 2015
  • The Easter Rising 1916
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  • At the start of the First World War the threat of civil war in Ireland between home rule nationalists and protestant unionists in the north began to recede. Two years later, however, a revolt in Dublin on Easter Monday 1916 against the British was crushed and fifteen of the rebels executed. This podcast explores the causes and consequences of the Easter Rising.
  • Pub Date: Jan 25, 2015
  • Women's suffrage publications 1850-1918
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  • In the second half of the 19th Century there was a dramatic increase in women's political publishing. Newspapers, books, leaflets and pamphlets exploring the struggle for suffrage and equal rights before the law helped shape the movement before and during the First World War
  • Pub Date: Jan 25, 2015
  • Women's Political Publishing 1850-1918
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  • In the second half of the 19th Century, the development of a new and diverse range of magazines, leaflets and books written by educated and wealthy Victorian women for a female audience had a radicalising effect on the women's movement. The desire for equality before the law led to a pressure for female suffrage and a minor publishing revolution developed in support of these goals.
  • Pub Date: Jan 22, 2015
  • The Liberal Government and the First World War
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  • In the first two years of the First World War, British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith was a distant and detached character, leaving major decisions to the War Office, Winston Churchill and Horatio Kitchener. By 1915 two crises, munitions shortages and Gallipoli had resulted in his subordinates political demise and the creation of a coalition government.
  • Pub Date: Jan 19, 2015
  • Book Review: The Dark Heart of Hitler's Europe
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  • This month's Explaining History Book Review features The Dark Heart of Hitler's Europe by Martin Winstone.

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    Also you can get Julia Routledge's: The Genocidal Century here:

  • Pub Date: Jan 14, 2015
  • The Red Summer 1919
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  • In 1919 America experienced a post war explosion of racial violence. Black communities in over 30 cities across the USA were attacked by mobs, angry at the new economic opportunities that had opened up to black people as a result of the First World War.
Chiang, Mao
  • Pub Date: Jan 06, 2015
  • China and the First World War
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  • During the First World War, nearly a hundred thousand poor Chinese labourers dug British trenches on the western front. Their government hoped that the war would provide opportunities to revise crippling treaties imposed on her by Britain and France and claim back territory lost to Germany and Japan. When Chinese hopes were dashed at the Paris Peace Conference, the long term political consequences in China were immense and dominated the next three decades.
  • Pub Date: Jan 01, 2015
  • Mussolini's Cult of Personality
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  • Benito Mussolini dominated Italy for two decades and was able to rule partly because of the relationship he had with the Italian people. To many ordinary Italians he was an immensely popular figure and many viewed him as down to earth and in touch with the lives of Italy's working poor. This podcast explores his cult of personality.