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Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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September 2014 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Sep 17, 2014
  • The Long Term Causes of the Suez Crisis
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  • In 1956 Britain suffered her greatest post war humiliation with following Colonel Nasser's decision to nationalise the Suez Canal and reclaim it from Britain and France for Egypt. This videocast explores the long term reasons behind this and the foreign policy disaster that cost Anthony Eden his Prime Ministership.

    (Note: this first appeared on the Explaining History YouTube Channel)
  • Pub Date: Sep 15, 2014
  • Britain, Russia and the Eastern Question
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  • Throughout the 19th Century Britain felt constantly threatened by and suspicious of Russia. Russian expansionism in the Balkans threatened Britain's ability to access the routes to her Indian Empire and the British were committed to supporting the weakening Ottoman Empire against Russian expansionism.
  • Pub Date: Sep 11, 2014
  • Russia 1815-56: Sneak Preview of a new online course
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  • Hi guys, I'm giving you a bonus extra this week, it's one of the new lectures from my online course 'achieving outstanding results studying the Russian Revolution', that's going live at the start of October. I've been putting in 20 years of experience and knowledge into this course so that students of Russian History can maximise their grades. Look out for more updates, freebies and announcements soon!
  • Pub Date: Sep 10, 2014
  • Weimar Germany's Roaring 20s
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  • Between 1924 and 1929 Germany's economy and politics seemed to stabilise and recover from the violence, unrest and revolution of the previous four years. A vibrant avante garde culture flourished in Berlin, and the fortunes of the Nazi Party and the Communists slumped as Germans enjoyed prosperity. The recovery proved to be an illusion and politics once again polarised to the extremes of left and right after 1929 and the Wall Street Crash. For more on Germany, you can download my two ebooks here:



  • Pub Date: Sep 04, 2014
  • Book Review: Dictatorships and Everyday Life
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  • This month's book reviews are Fascist Voices by Christopher Duggan and Everyday Stalinism by Sheila Fitzpatrick.
  • Pub Date: Sep 01, 2014
  • Oswald Mosley
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  • In 1932 Oswald Mosley formed the British Union of Fascists, basing his new party firstly on Italian Fascism and later German Nazism. Within four years the movement had been broken, partly by anti fascist activism but mainly because it was rejected by the British public, fearful of its association with Nazism.