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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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April 2015 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Apr 29, 2015
  • Book Review: Churchill and the Islamic World
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  • May's book review (slightly early I know) Churchill and the Islamic World:

  • Pub Date: Apr 28, 2015
  • The Berlin Crisis 1961
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  • In 1961, the city of Berlin, divided between East and West since 1945 saw a more permanent division erected. A wall that cut the city in two prevented East Germans from crossing from East to West enticed by the promise of a better life.

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  • Pub Date: Apr 21, 2015
  • Britain's Labour Government 1945-51
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  • In 1945, at the end of the Second World War, the Labour Party swept to power on a mandate of social reform. Six years later, despite the creation of an almost universally popular National Health Service, the party was defeated in the 1951 election and spent 13 years in opposition. What explains their success and failure in one term in office?
  • Pub Date: Apr 20, 2015
  • The Fall of Budapest, 2945
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  • In January 1945 the city of Budapest was surrounded by the Red Army and Hitler's occupying forces made a desperate and futile last stand. The siege of the city by the Red Army is often overshadowed by the subsequent downfall of Berlin, but the consequences for the inhabitants were no less savage.
  • Pub Date: Apr 19, 2015
  • Poland, Palestine and Zionism
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  • In the mid 1930s the Polish government contemplated the mass deportation of its large Jewish population to the British Mandate of Palestine. This anti semitic policy gained support from an unlikely ally, the right wing zionist Jews that made up the revisionist movement in Poland.
  • Pub Date: Apr 15, 2015
  • Adenauer's Germany
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  • Between 1949 and 1963 Konrad Adenauer's Christian Democratic Union party dominated West German politics, the Social Democratic Party opponents hopelessly out of touch with the electorate. The price of post war stability, however, was paid by vigorously suppressing the past and distancing West Germans from hard truths about the Third Reich's crimes.
  • Pub Date: Apr 06, 2015
  • The Ku Klux Klan 1915-24
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  • In 1964 the Republican nominee for that year's presidential race, Barry Goldwater, was defeated by the Democratic incumbent Lyndon Johnson. However, the libertarian ideas that Goldwater advocated endured and developed throughout the 60s and 70s into a new right political orthodoxy that would finally be realised in the 1980s by Ronald Reagan.
  • Pub Date: Apr 01, 2015
  • The Bandung Conference
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  • In 1955 one of the most important international conferences of the 20th Century took place in Bandung, Indonesia. The leaders of the recently decolonised nations of Africa and Asia met to forge new economic and diplomatic ties. The conference was the first of a series of meetings of African and Asian nations resistant to colonialism and determined to avoid taking sides in the Cold War.