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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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February 2015 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Feb 25, 2015
  • The Congress of Berlin
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  • In 1878 tensions over the Balkans were close to exploding into a major European war. German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck held a conference in Berlin to resolve the tensions, but the result was simply the postponement of war, not its prevention.
  • Pub Date: Feb 23, 2015
  • The Frankfurt School
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  • In 1922, during the turbulent early years of the Weimar Republic a social research institute was established in Frankfurt. It was set up by Marxist intellectuals and the alumni of the school had a massive impact on 20th Century thought, examining the workings of mass society, consumerism, culture, totalitarianism and the unconscious.
  • Pub Date: Feb 19, 2015
  • American Suburbia and Segregation
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  • In the post war decades the dream of new affordable housing came true for millions of white Americans. Black, Latino, Jewish and other ethnic minority families were excluded from the new utopia of the suburbs and instead many lived in increasingly deprived inner city ghettoes.
  • Pub Date: Feb 19, 2015
  • American Suburbia and Segregation
  • In the post war decades the dream of new affordable housing came true for millions of white Americans. Black, Latino, Jewish and other ethnic minority families were excluded from the new utopia of the suburbs and instead many lived in increasingly deprived inner city ghettoes.
  • Pub Date: Feb 19, 2015
  • The Expulsion of Germans from Eastern Europe 1944-50
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  • One of the biggest forced movements of populations in human history occurred in the final months of the Second World War and long into the post war era. Eastern European countries expelled their German populations and some estimated 12 million people were added to the millions of refugees in Europe at the end of the war.
  • Pub Date: Feb 13, 2015
  • Wilson, Roosevelt and the USSR
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  • Democrat presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt hoped the USSR could become a key part of the post war worlds they were involved in developing. Both men were willing to overlook many of the violent excesses of Lenin's Bolsheviks and later Stalin, assuming that a more liberal and moderate Russia might emerge.