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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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May 2016 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: May 31, 2016
  • The Democratic National Convention 1968
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  • In August 1968, during a year of violence and political tension in America, protesters fought a pitched battle in the streets of Chicago with the police. The anti Vietnam war demonstrators clashed outside the Democratic National Convention, while inside the pro and anti war factions of the divided Democrats attacked one another.
  • Pub Date: May 24, 2016
  • 2016 Exams Special
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  • A short recording to get your head in the game for the upcoming summer history exams. How to approach your essays as an arguer, not a narrator of history.
  • Pub Date: May 20, 2016
  • Antonio Gramsci
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  • Between 1926 and 1937 the Marxist intellectual Antonio Gramsci was imprisoned by Mussolini's fascist government following the dictator's crack down on left wing parties. During his incarceration he wrote some of the most important critiques of capitalist society of the 20th Century. Gramsci's prison notebooks are a fundamental part of Marxist thought and attempt to answer questions that Marx was unable to address about the workings of capitalist society.
  • Pub Date: May 06, 2016
  • East German Anti Semitism 1949
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  • In 1949, following the creation of the Soviet controlled German Democratic Republic, Walter Ulbricht, the German Communist Party leader unleashed a wave of repression against the last surviving Jews. The repression was inspired by events in the USSR and the Middle East and help to highlight the moral and ideological pragmatism of the GDR.