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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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January 2016 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Jan 25, 2016
  • Women's political publishing 1850-1918
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  • In the second half of the 19th Century a quiet publishing revolution was taking place. Victorian ladies with education and wealth were able to produce new newspapers, pamphlets and books demanding equal political and legal rights for women.
  • Pub Date: Jan 20, 2016
  • France's Empire between the world wars
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  • Between 1918 and 1939 France's overseas colonial empire, like Britain's, grew with the acquisition of Ottoman territories as mandates. France's empire was ruled using different ideas and institutions to Britain but both systems struggled to hold together during economically and politically turbulent decades.
  • Pub Date: Jan 15, 2016
  • The Partition of India 1947
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  • In 1947, two days after India became an independent nation, the plans to partition the country into a Hindu India and Muslim East and West Pakistan were announced. British policies of divide and rule, combined with hastily drawn up boundaries and a lack of a real understanding about the possible outcome led to ethnic violence on an enormous scale.
  • Pub Date: Jan 05, 2016
  • India in 1945
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  • In 1945, after the devastation of a long war across Asia, Britain's hold over her Indian empire was greatly weakened. The new Labour Government was notionally committed to Indian independence, but it was the inability of Britain to continue ruling and the development of India as a powerful new military force in the region that made independence an inevitability.