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Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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July 2014 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Jul 16, 2014
  • The Casablanca Conference
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  • In early 1943 the tide of the Second World War was turning in favour of the allies, following victories in North Africa. At Casablanca the British and the Americans met to discuss their two conflicting views of the future conduct of the war. The British approach triumphed, giving Churchill's strategy the upper hand but it was the beginning of the end of Britain's wartime influence.

    New Ebook titles: The Communist Century - http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Communist-Century-Revolution-Series-ebook/dp/B00IN6PY40/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393664105&sr=8-1&keywords=chris+kostov

    George Orwell - http://www.amazon.co.uk/George-Orwell-Explaining-History-Century-ebook/dp/B00HLRW8YQ/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1388484876&sr=8-18&keywords=julia+routledge
  • Pub Date: Jul 16, 2014
  • Book Review: From The Ruins Of Empire
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  • This month's top book, Pankaj Mishra's From The Ruins Of Empire.
  • Pub Date: Jul 14, 2014
  • Dien Bien Phu
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  • In 1945 France returned to its former colony in Indochina, determined to re-assert control after humiliation by Japan. The nationalist Vietminh were determined to fight for their independence and nine years later inflicted a catastrophic defeat on France at the long battle of Dien Bien Phu. How was France brought to her knees in Indochina and what were the consequences for France?
  • Pub Date: Jul 11, 2014
  • Kruschev and the Secret Speech 1956
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  • in 1956 Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev spoke for the first time the 20th Party Congress about the crimes of his predecessor Joseph Stalin. His speech shocked those gathered and had profound consequences for the future of the Soviet regime, this podcast explores why.

    You can read more about this in our three ebooks on the Soviet Regime and communism:

    The Communist Century: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Communist-Century-Revolution-Series-ebook/dp/B00IN6PY40/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393664105&sr=8-1&keywords=chris+kostov

    Explaining the Russian Revolution: A Student's Guide:

    Stalin, the Five Year Plans and the Gulags: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stalin-five-plans-Gulags-ebook/dp/B00DQUWPYK/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373383782&sr=1-12
  • Pub Date: Jul 10, 2014
  • Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression
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  • By the end of the First World War Herbert Hoover was a national hero in America for his humanitarian work. A decade later he was engulfed in an economic catastrophe following the Wall Street Crash that would claim his career and reputation. This podcast explores the contradictions and paradoxes of Hoover's character and life.

    Check out the Explaining History ebook on Hoover and the crash here:
  • Pub Date: Jul 09, 2014
  • The Heath Government 1970-74
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  • By the early 1970s a perfect storm of inflation and mounting industrial unrest brought the government of Edward Heath to its knees. His plans to introduce free market economics and politics to Britain were abandoned and he was outmanoeuvred by the National Union of Mineworkers, resulting in the 1974 three day week.
    This podcast explores the crises that beset Heath and their origins in the Wilson years of the late 1960s.