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Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
February 2016 Episodes:
- The Frankfurt School
- 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.
- 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.
- The Jarrow March 1936
- In 1936 two hundred unemployed ship workers marched from the North East of England to London to demand that something be done to alleviate the poverty that their community faced. Their march, from the town of Jarrow, was just one of a series of marches and protests from the poorest declining industrial areas of Britain in the 1920s and 30s, but in most instances marchers were ignored by the Labour Party and the Trade Union Congress.
- Britain's Role in Vietnam 1945
- At the end of the Second World War, the British Army marched into the French colony of Indochina, which had been occupied by Japan for the previous four years. The British used Japanese and Indian troops to prevent a Viet Minh nationalist government establishing itself and returned French colonists to power.