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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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March 2015 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Mar 31, 2015
  • The Hungarian Jews and the Final Solution
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  • In 1944, as Hitler's coalition against the Soviet Union began to collapse, Hungarian leader Miklos Horthy, began to attempt to negotiate a truce with the allied powers. This prompted an invasion of Hungary by Nazi Germany and with it an the destruction of two thirds of Hungary's Jewish population, nearly all of who were murdered at Auschwitz Birkenau.
  • Pub Date: Mar 26, 2015
  • Brezhnev and Soviet Stagnation
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  • When Leonid Brezhnev came to power in 1964 he was determined to undo many of the liberalising reforms of his predecessor Nikita Khrushchev. However, his appointment of Alexei Kosygin gave joint control of the economy to a moderniser who attempted to introduce more market based reforms.
  • Pub Date: Mar 19, 2015
  • Mao and China's Peasants
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  • In the immediate aftermath of the Chinese Civil War and the seizure of power by the Chinese Communist Party, Mao Zedong began a violent struggle for control of China's countryside. In a bid to develop a rural powerbase for himself and his party, Mao encouraged communities to tear themselves apart in cycles of denunciation and revenge.
  • Pub Date: Mar 11, 2015
  • The Amritsar Massacre
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  • In the immediate aftermath of the First World War, British anxieties over revolutionary tensions in India were high. The action of a lone British general at Amritsar in April 1919 shattered the fragile peace between the colonising British and the colonised Indians, radicalising the independence movement throughout the inter war period.
  • Pub Date: Mar 10, 2015
  • Rudolf Hoess
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  • When Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz between 1940 and 1943 was tried for his crimes in 1947 he was open and revealing about the process of genocide at the camp and the attitudes of the SS men under his command to their work. The testimony raises as many questions and challenges for Holocaust historians as it answers.
  • Pub Date: Mar 09, 2015
  • Rudolf Hoess
  • Listen:
  • When Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz between 1940 and 1943 was tried for his crimes in 1947 he was open and revealing about the process of genocide at the camp and the attitudes of the SS men under his command to their work. The testimony raises as many questions and challenges for Holocaust historians as it answers.
  • Pub Date: Mar 09, 2015
  • Rudolf Hoess
  • Listen:
  • When Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz between 1940 and 1943 was tried for his crimes in 1947 he was open and revealing about the process of genocide at the camp and the attitudes of the SS men under his command to their work. The testimony raises as many questions and challenges for Holocaust historians as it answers.