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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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November 2013 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Nov 08, 2013
  • Japan's First Defeats 1942-43
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  • Japan enjoyed spectacular military successes from December 1941 to February 1942, but from May to November that year was dealt a series of defeats that would ultimately spell doom for the Japanese war effort in the Pacific. Why was the Japanese advance halted in the South Pacific so quickly?
  • Pub Date: Nov 04, 2013
  • The Five Year Plans and the Stakhanovites
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  • The Five Year Plans involved and immense bureaucratic effort to industrialise Russia on a massive scale. Beyond the massive cost to the Russian people and the coercion of much of the population, there was also an immense degree of participation and consent in the grand historical undertaking to build socialism. This podcast explores the efforts of the Stakhanovites and other participants in the plans.