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Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
May 2015 Episodes:
- Ukraine 1918
- As the Tsarist empire collapsed and Russia's new rulers, the Bolsheviks, negotiated with Germany at Brest Litovsk, the most important territory to both powers was Ukraine. The fate of the nation and its wealth of food and mineral resources would decide the outcome of the war for both empires.
- Stalinist Consumerism
- In the mid 1930s, the Soviet Union claimed that living standards in the USSR had surpassed those in the capitalist world. For a brief period during the Second Five Year Plan the regime's focus was on creating a consumer culture of department stores and choice for Soviet citizens.
- Mao's Hundred Flowers Campaign
- Between 1956 and 1957 Mao Zedong took the unprecedented step of encouraging criticism amongst the people of the Chinese Communist Party. The deluge of anger and rage towards the party was overwhelming and swiftly inspired a brutal reaction from the dictator and a crack down against dissent.
- The Liberation of Belsen
- Seventy years ago this month the British Army discovered a scene of unimaginable horror at a prison camp in Saxony. The concentration camp at Bergen Belsen was used as evidence of the Nazis crimes to the world and particularly to a war weary British public.