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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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October 2013 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Oct 29, 2013
  • General Douglas MacArthur
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  • General MacArthur is perhaps the most iconic and well known of all Roosevelt's senior commanders during the war. He was also a highly eccentric and stubborn leader who had as many military setbacks as he did successes. MacArthur was enormously popular with the US public and made the most of the good publicity he got.
  • Pub Date: Oct 25, 2013
  • The Fellow Travellers
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  • Why did so many western intellectuals decide to offer their support to the Soviet Union in the 1930s? Writers like George Bernard Shaw, Freda Kirchwey and left intellectuals like Sidney and Beatrice Webb all gave Stalinism a veneer of legitimacy whilst hoping their own countries would stay steadfastly non communist.