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Explaining History
Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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November 2015 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Nov 30, 2015
  • Subhas Chandra Bose
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  • During the Second World War, Subhas Chandra Bose courted Soviet, Nazi and Imperial Japanese leaders in order to build an army to force the British out of India. He died in a plane crash in Taiwan in 1945 but was seen by many in India as a freedom fighter and a hero.
  • Pub Date: Nov 17, 2015
  • The Tories and the Miners 1970-1984
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  • In 1974 the government of Edward Heath was defeated in an election called to give Heath a mandate against the trade unions. His nemesis was the miners union organiser Arthur Scargill. In 1984 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher inflicted a crushing defeat on the union movement, a victory long in the planning by the Conservative Government.
  • Pub Date: Nov 09, 2015
  • Asia after the atomic bomb
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  • In August 1945 two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan ending the Second World War in Asia. However the bombs did not end conflict across the region, instead they ended Japan's involvement as an imperial power. Fighting continued in Asia throughout the next three decades as the new fault lines of the cold war emerged and European powers sought to regain control of their colonies.