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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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October 2015 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Oct 30, 2015
  • America in 1945
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  • At the end of the Second World War, the USA was the wealthiest society in history and experienced an economic boom that was to last for nearly three decades. This boom had a profound transformational effect on American society and was the dawning of the USA that dominated the world in the second half of the 20th Century.
  • Pub Date: Oct 23, 2015
  • British and American Journalists and the Russian Revolution
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  • During the chaos of the First World War a generation of British and American correspondents in Russia astutely predicted the failure of the Provisional Government and came to see the Bolsheviks as a viable alternative. Some, like Arthur Ransome and John Reed went further and became passionate advocates for the new regime led by Vladimir Lenin.
  • Pub Date: Oct 14, 2015
  • Romania, Communism and the Holocaust
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  • Throughout the 20th Century Romania has endured the twin catastrophes of fascism and communism. During the Second World War Romania was deeply involved in the holocaust and the development of an aggressive nationalism that remained undiminished throughout the communist era was chiefly to blame.
  • Pub Date: Oct 05, 2015
  • Thatcher, AIDS and sexual politics in the 1980s
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  • Margaret Thatcher was a politician convinced that a return to 'family values' after two decades of seeming moral decline in the 60s and 70s was part of the key to restoring British fortunes. Throughout the 1980s, however, this manifested itself in a prolonged attack on gay rights, during a time when the existence of the HIV virus and AIDS was associated in the press with the LGBT community. During the 1980s however, Conservative policies led to a politicisation of the gay community and the question of gay rights in a way that had not previously occurred in Britain.