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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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May 2014 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: May 27, 2014
  • The Baader Meinhof Gang
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  • Why did West Germany suffer a decade of terrorism from 1967-77? During the height of Vietnam War protests, a generation of radical West German students saw a relationship between the West German Government's support for America's war and their own unresolved Nazi past. Their decision to wage an urban war against what they saw as a barely concealed Nazism would culminate in the bloody summer of 1977.
  • Pub Date: May 20, 2014
  • Strength Through Joy
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  • In 1933 Hitler established a state run mass leisure organisation in Germany to help develop his vision of a socially unified, racially homogenous society. The extent to which it was successful has been an area of debate by historians of Nazi Germany and is explored in this podcast.
  • Pub Date: May 16, 2014
  • British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War
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  • Between 1936 and 1938 nearly 2,000 British men and women travelled in secret to Spain to fight on the side of the Spanish Republic against a nationalist military rebellion. Motivated by fears of a fascist Europe and by the intervention on Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy on the side of the rebels, the men and women of the international brigade suffered appalling hardship and losses in an ultimately doomed struggle. Here is a short introduction exploring the context of their idealistic fight.

    Also check out Orwell's time in Spain here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/George-Orwell-Explaining-History-Century-ebook/dp/B00HLRW8YQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392218617&sr=8-1&keywords=julia+routledge+george+orwell
  • Pub Date: May 12, 2014
  • The Murder of Matteotti
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  • When the Italian Socialist Giacomo Matteotti was assassinated in 1924, parts of the nation were united in outrage, strongly suspecting that their Prime Minister Mussolini was behind the killing. How did Mussolini manage to turn the situation to his advantage and emerge as the dictator of Italy a year later?
  • Pub Date: May 09, 2014
  • The Balfour Declaration
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  • Why did the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour give an assurance to Britain's Zionists that there would be a Jewish homeland in Palestine in 1917? This podcast gives a brief outline of the politics of the Balfour Declaration and Britain's deals with the Arabs, French and Jews.
  • Pub Date: May 08, 2014
  • Mussolini and the March On Rome
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  • How did Benito Mussolini manage to be appointed Prime Minister in 1922? This podcast explores the details of his rise to power from relative obscurity and his March on Rome.
  • Pub Date: May 08, 2014
  • Book Review: Three perspectives on World War One
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  • This is the first in a monthly roundup of new books, this month I am focusing on looking at new perspectives on the First World War - Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark, The Great and Holy War by Philip Jenkins and The Long Shadow by David Reynolds.