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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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October 2016 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Oct 31, 2016
  • Britain's changing wartime relationship with its colonies
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  • Throughout the Second World War, Britain saw its colonies as sources of available manpower, food and finance. As Britain's fortunes changed throughout the conflict, so did its attitude to the present and future of the rest of the empire.
  • Pub Date: Oct 25, 2016
  • Book Review: The Making Of An SS Killer
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  • A review of Dr Alex Kay's excellent biography of SS Colonel Alfred Filbert.

    You can buy the book here: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/the-making-of-an-ss-killer-the-life,alex-j-kay-9781316601426
  • Pub Date: Oct 15, 2016
  • Black Radical Politics in Inter War Harlem
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  • Harlem was the epicentre of black cultural and intellectual life in the inter war decades. Competing radical nationalist and communist parties struggled with each other to attract members from with black community. Each attempted to address the problems of discrimination and prejudice that black Americans faced.
  • Pub Date: Oct 05, 2016
  • Spain, Stalin and European Communist Parties in the 1930s
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  • After 1936 the Spanish Civil War became the focal issue for Europe's socialist and communist parties. The rise of Hitler to power had made anti fascist struggle the most important battle for communist movements, especially as Stalin had encouraged political divisions between communist and social democratic parties in the run up to 1933.