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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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June 2015 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Jun 23, 2015
  • Hunger, housing and the First Five Year Plan
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  • During Stalin's First Five Year Plan (1928-1932), the Russian population experienced greater material hardship and shortages than at any time since the Russian Civil War. Mass industrialisation led to food and housing shortages, resulting in misery and protest among the urban population.
  • Pub Date: Jun 16, 2015
  • Lyndon Johnson 1963-64
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  • Lyndon Johnson had an antagonistic relationship with the Kennedy brothers but was indispensable to John F Kennedy as a political fixer. Following Kennedy's death he became President of the USA and won a landslide victory a year later. This podcast explores the career, ambitions, struggles and crises of Lyndon Johnson.
  • Pub Date: Jun 14, 2015
  • Nixon, Ford and Carter 1974-1980
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  • In the second half of the 1970s Americans developed a profound disillusionment with politics and a skepticism towards the office of president. The impact of Watergate and the apparent weakness of Nixon's two successors combined with an overall economic gloom and American humiliation in Vietnam and the Middle East.
  • Pub Date: Jun 14, 2015
  • Nixon, Ford and Carter 1974-1980
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  • In the second half of the 1970s Americans developed a profound disillusionment with politics and a skepticism towards the office of president. The impact of Watergate and the apparent weakness of Nixon's two successors combined with an overall economic gloom and American humiliation in Vietnam and the Middle East.
  • Pub Date: Jun 14, 2015
  • The Representation of the People Act 1918
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  • In March 1918 in Britain, Parliament voted to enfranchise property owning women for the first time. This podcast explores the wartime decisions that led to this moment of radical electoral reform.
  • Pub Date: Jun 08, 2015
  • Inflation 1916-1923
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  • The massive increase in government spending, borrowing and currency devaluation that occurred during the First World War by all powers led to a global surge in inflation. This growth in prices had major implications for both the combatant powers and the empires they governed
  • Pub Date: Jun 01, 2015
  • Orde Wingate and Palestine
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  • In 1936 a British Christian Zionist army officer, Orde Wingate, was posted to the British Mandate in Palestine to help quell the Arab revolt. Wingate's passionate support for the Jews in Palestine led to him organising a brutal counter insurgency against the Arabs with the Jewish defence organisation the Hagannah, laying down the tactics later employed by the Israeli Defence Force.