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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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August 2014 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Aug 29, 2014
  • Friedrich Hayek
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  • There are few economists in the 20th Century who have had the effect on politics and economics in the western world that Friedrich Hayek achieved. His central thesis on the size of the state and the threat of dictatorship influenced politicians from the 190s onwards and has shaped the world we inhabit today.
  • Pub Date: Aug 28, 2014
  • The Russian Civil War
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  • Between 1918 and 1921 the Russian Civil War claimed 14 million civilian and military lives. The conflict between the new Bolshevik government and the White counter revolutionaries also saw the fragmentation of the empire, famine and the intervention of Britain, France, America and Japan.
  • Pub Date: Aug 20, 2014
  • Lenin's Red Terror 1918
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  • How did Lenin manage to assert his control over Russia in the aftermath of the October Revolution? The new Bolshevik Government used hunger and terror to force widespread social and political change within the country, targeting the old bourgeoisie and the aristocracy. This podcast explores the Red Terror, the establishment of the Checka and policy of War Communism.

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  • Pub Date: Aug 14, 2014
  • Results Day Special
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  • It's that time of year again when students find out their grades and irrespective of whether you had a great result or not, here's the annual results day podcast to give you some help, advice and guidance. If you need extra help in the next few months, follow the link below:


  • Pub Date: Aug 13, 2014
  • Hitler's First World War (Hitler Part Two)
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  • Much of Hitler's wartime experience is known to historians through his own words in Mein Kampf. However, his accounts vary between exaggeration and fabrication, so this podcast is dedicated to exploring other views on Hitler as a soldier in the First World War.

    For more on Hitler, the war and its aftermath, you can download my ebook Reaction, Revolution and The Birth of Nazism: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reaction-Revolution-Nazism-Century-Germany-ebook/dp/B00DQT4HYM
  • Pub Date: Aug 12, 2014
  • The Provisional Government: Russia 1917
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  • In March 1917 a provisional government established itself in Russia in the aftermath of the downfall of the Tsar. By October 1917 it had been swept away and Lenin's Bolshevik Party replaced it. The crises of 1917 and the challenge of sharing power with the Petrograd Soviet overwhelmed the government before they could establish a democratic elected regime.