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Explaining History

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Twenty five minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.

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Twenty five minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.

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One of the best

By jwachter2 - Sep 10 2019
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Excellent podcast, very cogent presentation of each subject.

Thank you

By MichellePawprint - Dec 19 2018
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Very enlightening perspective.

iTunes Ratings

49 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
5
0
2
0

One of the best

By jwachter2 - Sep 10 2019
Read more
Excellent podcast, very cogent presentation of each subject.

Thank you

By MichellePawprint - Dec 19 2018
Read more
Very enlightening perspective.
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Explaining History

Latest release on Feb 11, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: From Tito to Milosevic - the breakup of Yugoslavia

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What factors led to the destruction of Yugoslavia and the death of 140,000 people over a decade? This podcast examines the mounting tensions that communism's failure unleashed. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Dec 12 2016

25mins

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Rank #2: Antonio Gramsci

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Between 1926 and 1937 the Marxist intellectual Antonio Gramsci was imprisoned by Mussolini's fascist government following the dictator's crack down on left wing parties. During his incarceration he wrote some of the most important critiques of capitalist society of the 20th Century. Gramsci's prison notebooks are a fundamental part of Marxist thought and attempt to answer questions that Marx was unable to address about the workings of capitalist society. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 20 2016

24mins

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Rank #3: Prohibition

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In 1920 the sale, import and manufacture of alcohol in America was banned and for the next thirteen years the government waged an increasingly fruitless war against smugglers and gangsters to keep America dry. How did a society that cherished libertarian principals and the limited role of the state come to enact such far reaching laws? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 21 2014

24mins

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Rank #4: Engels and the Condition of the Working Class in England

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In 1845, at the height of Britain's industrial revolution, Friedrich Engels, the son of a German cotton industrialist came to live in Manchester. His study of the lives of the English working classes was the first major work to highlight the appalling effects of the industrial revolution on the poor. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 20 2016

27mins

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Rank #5: Eisenhower, the CIA and the death of Stalin

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The cold war certainties that existed up until March 1953 were thrown into doubt when Stalin died, leaving Eisenhower and his spy chief Alan Dulles with no reliable intelligence as to Soviet intentions. The Cold War entered one of its most dangerous and uncertain phases as a result.

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Sep 25 2017

25mins

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Rank #6: The Democratic National Convention 1968

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In August 1968, during a year of violence and political tension in America, protesters fought a pitched battle in the streets of Chicago with the police. The anti Vietnam war demonstrators clashed outside the Democratic National Convention, while inside the pro and anti war factions of the divided Democrats attacked one another. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 31 2016

25mins

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Rank #7: The Partition of India 1947

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In 1947, two days after India became an independent nation, the plans to partition the country into a Hindu India and Muslim East and West Pakistan were announced. British policies of divide and rule, combined with hastily drawn up boundaries and a lack of a real understanding about the possible outcome led to ethnic violence on an enormous scale. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 15 2016

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Rank #8: Goebbels and Total War

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In February 1943, after one of the longest coldest winters of the war, the news that the German 6th Army had been lost at Stalingrad shocked the nation. In response Joseph Goebbels, the public face of the regime made the most important speech of his career announcing a new time of struggle and total war. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 28 2015

22mins

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Rank #9: Tito and Yugoslavia in 1945

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At the end of the Second World War, intense ethnic hatreds had been reawoken in Yugoslavia and Josef Tito's victorious communist partisans took advantage of internecine feuds and attempted to suppress them in order to establish Yugoslavia as a communist state. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 09 2016

25mins

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Rank #10: Romania, Communism and the Holocaust

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Throughout the 20th Century Romania has endured the twin catastrophes of fascism and communism. During the Second World War Romania was deeply involved in the holocaust and the development of an aggressive nationalism that remained undiminished throughout the communist era was chiefly to blame. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 14 2015

28mins

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Rank #11: Czechoslovakia's anti German ethnic cleansing 1945

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At the end of the Second World War, Czech prime minister in exile Eduard Benes petitioned both western allies and the USSR to expel all ethnic Germans from Czechoslovakia. This permission was granted and the result was the ethnic cleansing of the Sudetenland.

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Sep 15 2019

23mins

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Rank #12: The Politics of Stalinism Part One

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This podcast is the first of several that explore the inner workings of the Soviet State and the Communist Party under Stalin after 1928.

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Sep 22 2017

24mins

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Rank #13: The Truman Doctrine 1947

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In 1947 US President Harry Truman was forced to commit to the defence of Greece and Turkey against the possibility of communist victories in the Greek civil war and the threat of Soviet pressure on Turkey. The British had been forced to end their commitments to both countries, placing the eastern Mediterranean in danger and as a result the flow of Middle Eastern oil to Europe and America.

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Jun 11 2019

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Rank #14: The USSR and the aftermath of the Six Day War

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A devastating air campaign against Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq saw the Arab forces that faced Israel destroyed and the balance of power in the Middle East changed forever. The success of the Israeli attack also sent shock waves through the Soviet Union and its satellite states in Eastern Europe.

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Aug 15 2017

27mins

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Rank #15: Bretton Woods 1944-1971

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In 1944 at Bretton Woods in the USA a new model of the world economy that would provide postwar stability and prosperity was devised. However, the compromises and plans of the USA meant that the system created a fatal flaw, leaving it to unravel by 1971. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 04 2017

25mins

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Rank #16: Mao and China's Peasants

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In the immediate aftermath of the Chinese Civil War and the seizure of power by the Chinese Communist Party, Mao Zedong began a violent struggle for control of China's countryside. In a bid to develop a rural powerbase for himself and his party, Mao encouraged communities to tear themselves apart in cycles of denunciation and revenge. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 19 2015

19mins

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Rank #17: Palestine, India and Britain: Two partitions and the end of empire

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Exhausted by the Second World War, Britain was desperate to hold on to influence in the Middle East and yet policy makers were anxious to withdraw from Palestine as quickly as possible. At the same time, Britain was engaged in another hurried departure from India.

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Jun 02 2017

28mins

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Rank #18: Hitler, Franco and the Spanish Civil War

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The election of a left wing Popular Front government in Spain triggered a coup by rebel generals against the Second Spanish Republic. Hitler and Mussolini's intervention in the guise of a massive airlift across the Straits of Gibraltar saved Franco's coup and doomed the republic.

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Jul 23 2017

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Rank #19: The CIA and early anti Soviet Operations

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The development of the CIA by 1949 into a well funded unaccountable agency with the scope for paramilitary operations against the USSR, meant that poorly conceived and ultimately doomed missions against the Soviet Bloc proliferated using anti communist emigres.

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Sep 04 2017

26mins

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Rank #20: Mao, Khrushchev and the Great Leap Forward

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Between 1958-1962 Mao's second five year plan, known as the Great Leap Forward, resulted in economic chaos and a famine that killed over 40 million people. It was in part inspired by Mao's attempts to eclipse Soviet leader Khrushchev as the leader of the communist world. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 27 2017

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