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The History of the Twentieth Century

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A chronicle of the history of the twentieth century, including art, music, popular culture, science, religion, and, of course, politics and war.

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A chronicle of the history of the twentieth century, including art, music, popular culture, science, religion, and, of course, politics and war.

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By sunshinegrl1128 - May 04 2020
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If you are looking for an in depth series, not just highlights and BS, start listening now.

Just found this... but where’s the first 139 episodes on iTines??

By PK50000 - Mar 27 2020
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So good. But for some reason can’t find the first 139 episodes or so on iTunes. Any suggestions?

iTunes Ratings

270 Ratings
Average Ratings
254
7
4
2
3

Very good!

By sunshinegrl1128 - May 04 2020
Read more
If you are looking for an in depth series, not just highlights and BS, start listening now.

Just found this... but where’s the first 139 episodes on iTines??

By PK50000 - Mar 27 2020
Read more
So good. But for some reason can’t find the first 139 episodes or so on iTunes. Any suggestions?
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The History of the Twentieth Century

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A chronicle of the history of the twentieth century, including art, music, popular culture, science, religion, and, of course, politics and war.

Rank #1: 171 Pale Horse, Pale Rider I

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Influenza has plagued the human race for some 12,000 years. It is caused by a virus, an infectious agent barely understood in 1918.

Oct 20 2019

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Rank #2: 001 Age of Empires

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We take a brief look at the world as it is on 1 January 1901--the birthday of the twentieth century.

Sep 13 2015

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Rank #3: 100 These Desert Places of the Earth

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The Great War was by no means restricted to Europe. In this episode, we begin an occasional series examining the war in Africa.

Dec 17 2017

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Rank #4: 191 1919 - The Near East I

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In 1919, the Allies were poised to parcel out the lands of the Near East among themselves. But the inhabitants of the region had other ideas.

Apr 05 2020

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Rank #5: 069 Some Damned Silly Thing

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The small Balkan states have been coming together in alliance. Originally defensive, the allies came to a secret agreement to attack the Ottoman Empire together, while it was preoccupied by the war with Italy.

Mar 26 2017

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Rank #6: 066 An Immense Box of Sand

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Italy has been angling to secure Libya as a colonial possession for some time now. But war fever broke out in 1911, partly because of the Agadir crisis, prompting Italy to declare war on the Ottoman Empire over control of the province.

Feb 26 2017

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Rank #7: 002 A Place in the Sun

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Germany is pretty much a world leader in everything at the beginning of the 20th century. 13 Nobel Prizes in 10 years. Top that, everyone else!

Sep 20 2015

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Rank #8: 135 Stupidity or Treason?

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When the Great War began, Russian political factions mostly united in a common front to support the war effort, as political parties did in the other belligerent nations. But when Russia's military reversals and shortcomings in leadership became too obvious to ignore, opponents of the government began to speak up.

Nov 11 2018

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Rank #9: 192 1919 - The Near East II

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An American archaeologist coined the term "The Fertile Crescent" just three years ago in 1916 to describe the arc of lands from Mesopotamia to Palestine that were the most fertile Arab territories. In 1919, France and Britain divided the Fertile Crescent between themselves, much to the displeasure of the Arabs living there.

Apr 12 2020

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Rank #10: 059 Ultima Thule

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Explorers came to the far north first, in search of a route to the Far East, and later in search of the North Pole itself. The question of who got there first is surprisingly complicated.

Dec 23 2016

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Rank #11: 105 The Action of a Lunatic

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In 1914, Germany and Britain held adjacent colonial territories in East Africa. When the Great War began, Britain attempted to seize German East Africa.

Feb 11 2018

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Rank #12: 172 Pale Horse, Pale Rider II

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The influenza virus that emerged in 1918 was more deadly than was typical for the disease. Because of the Great War, the virus was carried to every corner of the world, including into populations of human beings who had never known the disease before. The death toll was staggering. This epidemic was the deadliest in human history, in terms of absolute number of persons killed.

Oct 27 2019

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Rank #13: 136 The Winter of Our Discontent

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With political resentments already high, the deprivations of the harsh winter of 1916-17 cause them to boil over. The Russian Revolution has begun.

Nov 18 2018

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Rank #14: 073 For Serbia We Shall Do Everything

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In 1914, with victory against the Turks secured, Serb nationalist extremists look north toward Austria.

Apr 30 2017

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Rank #15: 007 La Belle Époque

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

Oct 25 2015

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Rank #16: 097 The Banana Wars I

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By the beginning of the twentieth century, the USA was the major market for Central American coffee, cotton, sugar, and especially bananas, leading to US investment in the region, leading in turn to US involvement in Central American affairs.

Nov 19 2017

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Rank #17: 179 1919 - Poland I

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By 1916, both sides in the Great War had declared their desire to see an independent Poland after the war. Now the time had come.

Dec 25 2019

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Rank #18: 142 Lafayette, We Are Here

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The US entered the war in early 1917, but it would take time for her to have an impact on the war. Brazil also joined the war in 1917, and in Canada, the political fight over conscription leads to a divisive general election.

Jan 20 2019

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Rank #19: 180 1919 - Poland II

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The birth of Poland was a foregone conclusion, but where its boundaries should lie was very much in dispute and led to bloodshed.

Dec 29 2019

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Rank #20: 190 1919 - Africa II

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When the time came to determine the future of Germany's colonies, Woodrow Wilson insisted on a system of mandates that would, at least in principle, require that they be governed for the benefit of their inhabitants.

Mar 29 2020

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001 Age of Empires

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We take a brief look at the world as it is on 1 January 1901--the birthday of the twentieth century.

Sep 13 2015

42mins

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002 A Place in the Sun

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Germany is pretty much a world leader in everything at the beginning of the 20th century. 13 Nobel Prizes in 10 years. Top that, everyone else!

Sep 20 2015

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003 Touch Me Not

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This episode looks at the history of the Philippines through the start of the Spanish-American War.

Sep 27 2015

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004 Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight

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The United States intervenes in the Cuban revolt against Spain. But what does this mean for the Philippines?

Oct 04 2015

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004s Documents

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Three documents referenced in this week's podcast on the Spanish-American War: The letter from the Spanish ambassador, McKinley's message to Congress, Joint Congressional Resolution.

Oct 07 2015

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005 Islands or Canned Goods

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So, are the US and the Filipino rebels allies or not? When the US and Spain start doing deals, there are no Filipinos at the table.

Oct 11 2015

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005s Documents

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...and imbued with firm confidence in Divine Providence, we hereby mutually bind ourselves to support this Declaration with our lives, our fortunes, and with our most sacred possession, our Honor....

Oct 15 2015

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006 White Man's Burden

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As relations between the Americans and the Filipinos degenerate into open combat, the war to liberate Cuba becomes a war to subjugate the Philippines.

Oct 18 2015

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007 La Belle Époque

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

Oct 25 2015

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008 J'Accuse...!

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France at the turn of the century was rocked by the Dreyfus Affair, where an innocent soldier was convicted of treason, and the Army went to incredible lengths in its refusal to acknowledge what became increasingly obvious.

Nov 01 2015

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009 Dark Clouds

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What are cathode rays? X-rays? Radioactivity? How old is the Earth? Inquiring minds want to know. Also, in an age when only men can vote, the greatest scientist of the time is a woman. And Polish. Take that, haters!

Nov 08 2015

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010 Lest We Forget

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Britain is still very much a class-bound society at home and a military power abroad. A look at the state of the Empire in the late 19th century, with a special emphasis on Ireland and South Africa.

Nov 15 2015

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011 Moving Like the Wind

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The British get the war they want with the Boer republics in South Africa, but the Boers turn out to be more than the British can handle. At first.

Nov 22 2015

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012 The Empire Strikes Back

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Frustrated on all fronts, the British mobilize the enormous resources of their Empire in a bid to defeat the Boers once and for all.

Dec 06 2015

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013 The Christian Century

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At the beginning of the 20th century, a fault line develops in Protestantism, especially in the USA, over the role of ancient Scriptures in a modern church.

Dec 13 2015

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014 The Righteous and Harmonious Fists

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A grassroots uprising against foreigners develops in China in 1900, a result of outrage over Chinese territorial concessions and foreign missionary activity.

Dec 20 2015

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015 Taels I Win

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Reinforcements from the Western nations turn the tide in the fight against the Boxers. But will they get to Beijing in time?

Jan 03 2016

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016 Assassin's Creed

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Theodore Roosevelt becomes a war hero, and Vice President of the United States. An anarchist assassin takes the life of the President, William McKinley.

Jan 10 2016

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017 Such a Bully Pulpit

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Theodore Roosevelt becomes President and at once begins turning everything upside down. Scott Joplin writes an opera about it.

Jan 17 2016

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018 The Spectre Haunting Europe

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As working class conditions seem to be getting worse instead of better, a new political movement emerges, advocating intervention on behalf of the poor, oppressed, and disenfranchised.

Jan 24 2016

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iTunes Ratings

270 Ratings
Average Ratings
254
7
4
2
3

Very good!

By sunshinegrl1128 - May 04 2020
Read more
If you are looking for an in depth series, not just highlights and BS, start listening now.

Just found this... but where’s the first 139 episodes on iTines??

By PK50000 - Mar 27 2020
Read more
So good. But for some reason can’t find the first 139 episodes or so on iTunes. Any suggestions?