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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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July 2015 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Jul 27, 2015
  • The Creation of the Red Army
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  • by early 1918 the Bolshevik's revolution was in serious danger of being overthrown. Instead of elite troops the new government possessed poorly disciplined Red Guards. By 1921, the army was over three million strong and had defeated its enemies, but at immense political cost to its creator, Leon Trotsky.
  • Pub Date: Jul 13, 2015
  • Churchill and Greece
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  • When the Nazis' occupation of Greece ended and a gradual withdrawal turned into a desperate retreat from the Red Army, a civil war in Greece began. The British occupied Athens in a bid to restore King George II and prevent a communist takeover, but it proved to be one of Churchill's most controversial initiatives of the war and the beginning of a conflict that would last until 1949.
  • Pub Date: Jul 07, 2015
  • Menachim Begin and Irgun
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  • Towards the end of the Second World War, zionist terrorist Menachem Begin and the paramilitary organisation Irgun instigated their own war against the British authorities in Palestine. They sought to establish a Jewish state there and saw the British as an obstacle to this ambition
  • Pub Date: Jul 01, 2015
  • Evacuation
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  • Throughout the 1920s and 1930s the British became increasingly aware that they were vulnerable to air attack, especially after the rise of Nazism in 1933. The policy of evacuating children from the inner cities to counter this threat began in 1939, but at considerable physical and emotional cost to the children involved.