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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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November 2014 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Nov 27, 2014
  • Book Review:The Seventies
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  • This month's book review features three titles on Britain and the world's experience of the turbulent 1970s.
    * State of Emergency and Seasons in the Sun by Dominic Sandbrook.
    * Strange Rebels by Christian Caryl



  • Pub Date: Nov 21, 2014
  • Harold Wilson's Government 1964-70
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  • Harold Wilson was Britain's Prime Minister from 1964-1970, a period in which optimistic visions of a new country faltered and faded. By the end of the decade the modern, meritocratic and scientific country that he promised in 1964 had not materialised. This podcast explores Wilson and the challenges he and Britain faced.
  • Pub Date: Nov 18, 2014
  • Europe In 1945
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  • At the end of the Second World War Europe was devastated, starving and in chaos. Millions of refugees and displaced persons were dependent on the United Nations to feed and shelter them. Some of the newly restored governments saw it as an ideal opportunity to expel unwanted ethnic minorities and in parts of the continent, fighting between communist and non communist forces continued.
  • Pub Date: Nov 11, 2014
  • The Yalta Conference
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  • by February 1945 The Soviet Union controlled most of Eastern Europe and outnumbered the Western Allies 3-1. Stalin was in a uniquely powerful bargaining position at the Yalta Conference in the Crimea to shape the post war world and demand concessions from Churchill and Roosevelt.
  • Pub Date: Nov 04, 2014
  • The Tehran Conference
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  • In late 1943 the British, Americans and Soviets met at Tehran to discuss the final stages of the war and what the post war world would look like. Throughout the meeting Churchill's war strategies were steadily undermined by American disagreements and the growing power and confidence of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.