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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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February 2017 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Feb 27, 2017
  • Book Review: A Short History of the Russian Revolution
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  • Monthly book review and discussion of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
  • Pub Date: Feb 20, 2017
  • Japan, war and hardship 1937-41
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  • By 1941 Japan was facing acute economic crises due to the long drawn out war in China and the American oil and scrap metal embargo. The surprise attack on Pearl Harbour seemed to many Japanese a way out of the crisis.
  • Pub Date: Feb 13, 2017
  • The Fate of Europe's Collaborators - 1945
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  • At the end of the Second World War, savage reprisals against anyone suspected of collaborating with the Nazis swept Europe. In many instances, however, political and personal motivations led to widespread violence and killing.
  • Pub Date: Feb 06, 2017
  • Kennedy, the CIA and Vietnam 1960-1963
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  • In November 1963, shortly before he was assassinated, John F Kennedy ordered the overthrow of President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam. Diem, a corrupt authoritarian had become an embarrassment and his lack of support meant the likelihood of a communist takeover in Vietnam was steadily growing.