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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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April 2016 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Apr 29, 2016
  • MacArthur and Japan
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  • In 1945, following the dropping of two atom bombs on Japan, General Douglas MacArthur became the ruler of the country for six years. He imposed on Japan a modern constitution, while helping to absolve Emperor Hirohito from any blame in the atrocities perpetrated by his armies during the Second World War.

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    Modern Britain: http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Event/562
    Germany 1945-91:
    http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Event/561
    Nazi Germany
    http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Event/563
    Soviet Russia
    http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Event/564
  • Pub Date: Apr 22, 2016
  • Book Review: Kitchener
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  • Horatio Kitchener became one of the most iconic British military and imperial figures of the late 19th and early 20th Century. His role in Egypt, South Africa and on the Western Front helped develop this public persona. Kitchener's lasting legacy in Britain, however, was the creation of a massive new British Army in the early years of the First World War.
  • Pub Date: Apr 20, 2016
  • The Fall of Budapest
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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, 2016
  • Poland, Palestine and Zionism
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  • In the second half of the 1930s the Polish Government abandoned its previously liberal policies towards Poland's large Jewish population and instead hoped to force mass migration to the British mandate of Palestine. Their partners in this endeavour were the extreme right wingers on the zionist movement, the revisionists, led by Vladimir Jabotinsky.

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  • Pub Date: Apr 11, 2016
  • The Counterculture and the 1960s
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  • In the 1960s a diverse movement of protest and activism closely associated (but not limited to) the hippy movement developed in the USA. The politicised parts of the counterculture demanded the overthow of capitalism but did not look to the USSR as a possible replacement - Soviet communism had long since been discredited.

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    Modern Britain: http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Event/562
    Germany 1945-91:
    http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Event/561
    Nazi Germany
    http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Event/563
    Soviet Russia
    http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Event/564

    Also, if you can spare a dime towards the hosting, I'd be ever so grateful:
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-fund-the-explaining-history-podcast/x/13613771#/


  • Pub Date: Apr 06, 2016
  • Barry Goldwater
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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.