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Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.

Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.
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Fifteen minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.

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@NickShepley

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English


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The Origins of Mao's Cultural Revolution

8/11/2015
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In 1966 after four years of existing at the margins of the Chinese Communist Party following the disasters of the Great Leap Forward, Mao Zedong returned. He claimed that revisionist and right deviationist elements within the party were derailing the revolution and only the millions of Red Guards and the Chinese workers and peasants could put China back on track to socialism. The result was the catastrophic cultural revolution.

Duration:00:23:52

Erich Fromm

8/4/2015
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Erich Fromm, one of the most overlooked intellectual figures of the 20th Century wrote insightful critiques of consumerist capitalism and explanations of the appeal of Nazism. His work also explored the dilemmas of being human in an increasingly alienating world.

Duration:00:20:45

The Creation of the Red Army

7/27/2015
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by early 1918 the Bolshevik's revolution was in serious danger of being overthrown. Instead of elite troops the new government possessed poorly disciplined Red Guards. By 1921, the army was over three million strong and had defeated its enemies, but at immense political cost to its creator, Leon Trotsky.

Duration:00:23:50

Churchill and Greece

7/13/2015
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When the Nazis' occupation of Greece ended and a gradual withdrawal turned into a desperate retreat from the Red Army, a civil war in Greece began. The British occupied Athens in a bid to restore King George II and prevent a communist takeover, but it proved to be one of Churchill's most controversial initiatives of the war and the beginning of a conflict that would last until 1949.

Duration:00:26:24

Menachim Begin and Irgun

7/7/2015
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Towards the end of the Second World War, zionist terrorist Menachem Begin and the paramilitary organisation Irgun instigated their own war against the British authorities in Palestine. They sought to establish a Jewish state there and saw the British as an obstacle to this ambition

Duration:00:20:33

Evacuation

7/1/2015
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Throughout the 1920s and 1930s the British became increasingly aware that they were vulnerable to air attack, especially after the rise of Nazism in 1933. The policy of evacuating children from the inner cities to counter this threat began in 1939, but at considerable physical and emotional cost to the children involved.

Duration:00:21:47

Hunger, housing and the First Five Year Plan

6/23/2015
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During Stalin's First Five Year Plan (1928-1932), the Russian population experienced greater material hardship and shortages than at any time since the Russian Civil War. Mass industrialisation led to food and housing shortages, resulting in misery and protest among the urban population.

Duration:00:23:33

Lyndon Johnson 1963-64

6/16/2015
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Lyndon Johnson had an antagonistic relationship with the Kennedy brothers but was indispensable to John F Kennedy as a political fixer. Following Kennedy's death he became President of the USA and won a landslide victory a year later. This podcast explores the career, ambitions, struggles and crises of Lyndon Johnson.

Duration:00:25:57

The Representation of the People Act 1918

6/14/2015
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In March 1918 in Britain, Parliament voted to enfranchise property owning women for the first time. This podcast explores the wartime decisions that led to this moment of radical electoral reform.

Duration:00:27:29

Inflation 1916-1923

6/8/2015
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The massive increase in government spending, borrowing and currency devaluation that occurred during the First World War by all powers led to a global surge in inflation. This growth in prices had major implications for both the combatant powers and the empires they governed

Duration:00:24:11

Book Review: Aftermath

6/3/2015
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This month's book review: Aftermath by Richard Crowder, the story of the Potsdam Conference and the making of a post war international order.

Duration:00:16:23

Orde Wingate and Palestine

6/1/2015
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In 1936 a British Christian Zionist army officer, Orde Wingate, was posted to the British Mandate in Palestine to help quell the Arab revolt. Wingate's passionate support for the Jews in Palestine led to him organising a brutal counter insurgency against the Arabs with the Jewish defence organisation the Hagannah, laying down the tactics later employed by the Israeli Defence Force.

Duration:00:22:19

Ukraine 1918

5/27/2015
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As the Tsarist empire collapsed and Russia's new rulers, the Bolsheviks, negotiated with Germany at Brest Litovsk, the most important territory to both powers was Ukraine. The fate of the nation and its wealth of food and mineral resources would decide the outcome of the war for both empires.

Duration:00:25:24

Exams Advice 2015

5/19/2015
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A few useful thoughts for history students facing their exams in the next couple of weeks. Remember the Explaining History crowdfunding campaign: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/explaining-history

Duration:00:17:06

Mao's Hundred Flowers Campaign

5/14/2015
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Between 1956 and 1957 Mao Zedong took the unprecedented step of encouraging criticism amongst the people of the Chinese Communist Party. The deluge of anger and rage towards the party was overwhelming and swiftly inspired a brutal reaction from the dictator and a crack down against dissent.

Duration:00:20:22

The Liberation of Belsen

5/6/2015
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Seventy years ago this month the British Army discovered a scene of unimaginable horror at a prison camp in Saxony. The concentration camp at Bergen Belsen was used as evidence of the Nazis crimes to the world and particularly to a war weary British public. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Genocidal-Century-Mass-Killing-20th-ebook/dp/B00PCMAV1E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415438292&sr=1-1

Duration:00:24:53

Book Review: Churchill and the Islamic World

4/29/2015
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May's book review (slightly early I know) Churchill and the Islamic World: http://www.ibtauris.com/Books/Humanities/History/Regional%20%20national%20history/European%20history/British%20%20Irish%20history/Winston%20Churchill%20and%20the%20Islamic%20World%20Orientalism%20Empire%20and%20Diplomacy%20in%20the%20Middle%20East.aspx?menuitem=%7B33E2E1B2-D37C-47D2-9984-8F332F3214BA%7D

Duration:00:17:05

The Berlin Crisis 1961

4/28/2015
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In 1961, the city of Berlin, divided between East and West since 1945 saw a more permanent division erected. A wall that cut the city in two prevented East Germans from crossing from East to West enticed by the promise of a better life. * Support Explaining History here: please take a moment to look at my project https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/explaining-history and pledge whatever you can - there are some great rewards on offer!)

Duration:00:21:51

Britain's Labour Government 1945-51

4/21/2015
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In 1945, at the end of the Second World War, the Labour Party swept to power on a mandate of social reform. Six years later, despite the creation of an almost universally popular National Health Service, the party was defeated in the 1951 election and spent 13 years in opposition. What explains their success and failure in one term in office?

Duration:00:22:35

Adenauer's Germany

4/15/2015
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Between 1949 and 1963 Konrad Adenauer's Christian Democratic Union party dominated West German politics, the Social Democratic Party opponents hopelessly out of touch with the electorate. The price of post war stability, however, was paid by vigorously suppressing the past and distancing West Germans from hard truths about the Third Reich's crimes.

Duration:00:23:49