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Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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December 2012 Episodes:
  • Pub Date: Dec 29, 2012
  • The February Revolution
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  • How did the February Revolution happen? Why did it escalate from a series of protests over food shortages to the abdication of the Czar and the establishment of the Provisional Government and Petrograd Soviet?
  • Pub Date: Dec 28, 2012
  • Russia and the 1905 Revolution
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  • Why did Russia explode into violence and anarchy in 1905? How the the Czar react?

    Russia's experience in 1905 set the stage for the revolution in 1917 and showed to all sides, the Czar, workers, peasants and nobles, who could trust who, and how high the stakes were.
  • Pub Date: Dec 28, 2012
  • Russia and World War One
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  • Why did the Czar decide to risk it all and go to war? What were the consequences for Russia?
    The Russian Army outnumbered the Germans by nearly two and a half to one, but was dealt some of the most disastrous defeats in the history of warfare, World War One was the test of the Russian Autocracy, and the Czar's government's weaknesses were exposed.
  • Pub Date: Dec 28, 2012
  • Writing An Introduction
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  • This is one of the most challenging things to get right when you are writing an essay, the bit right at the start.
    Getting clear on what an introduction is for and what you are trying to say is vitally important and this video will talk you through everything you need to know.
  • Pub Date: Dec 28, 2012
  • Russia's Aristocracy
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  • Before the revolution, Russia's aristocrats played a key role in Russian society, and presented themselves in 1917 as an alternative to the Czar. They were utterly destroyed as a social class by the Bolsheviks from 1918 onwards.
  • Pub Date: Dec 14, 2012
  • Britain in the 1960s
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  • Was Britain really undergoing radical social and cultural change in the 1960s? There is plenty of evidence that something was changing, but what was it? Many people look on the 1960s as actually quite a conservative time, what do you think the evidence shows?
  • Pub Date: Dec 12, 2012
  • The Aftermath of the Russian Civil War
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  • How had the Russian Civil War affected Russia? The was had devastated the country and killed over ten million Russians, and it produced three crises for Lenin to deal with. His solution was to veer away from communism and to use immense violence to crush opposition.
  • Pub Date: Dec 11, 2012
  • Germany's defeat in 1918
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  • The effect of the collapse of Germany in 1918 and the armistice was to bewilder a nation that believed in ultimate victory. As the German Army marched back to the Reich, appearing undefeated, many ordinary Germans looked to more radical voices for explanations.
  • Pub Date: Dec 09, 2012
  • Long Term Causes of the Russian Revolution Part One: Russia's Peasants
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  • Why Did Russia explode into violence and revolution in 1917? This series of podcasts explores the long term causes of the revolution, starting off with an examination of the vast bulk of the population, the peasants. Ideal for GCSE or A level students.
  • Pub Date: Dec 09, 2012
  • Nicholas II
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  • What part did Nicholas II play in the collapse of Czarism in 1917, here's a quick look at his background, ideas and mentality.
  • Pub Date: Dec 09, 2012
  • Nicholas II
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Wall Street Crash
  • Pub Date: Dec 01, 2012
  • The Wall Street Crash
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  • This podcast examines the long term causes of the crash throughout the 1920s.