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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 Coffeenbananas - Sep 04 2019
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I love this podcast. Everything is presented in an easy to understand manner. I’ve listened to every episode and strongly recommend the episodes on the February Revolution and the one on the Panama Canal. You will enjoy this podcast if you enjoy history

Best Historical Podcast

By iustu88 - Aug 15 2019
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This is by far my favorite history podcast, each episode is so interesting and well done.

iTunes Ratings

204 Ratings
Average Ratings
194
4
3
1
2

Great listen

By Coffeenbananas - Sep 04 2019
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I love this podcast. Everything is presented in an easy to understand manner. I’ve listened to every episode and strongly recommend the episodes on the February Revolution and the one on the Panama Canal. You will enjoy this podcast if you enjoy history

Best Historical Podcast

By iustu88 - Aug 15 2019
Read more
This is by far my favorite history podcast, each episode is so interesting and well done.
Cover image of The History of the Twentieth Century

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.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: 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
42 mins
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Rank #2: 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
42 mins
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Rank #3: 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
36 mins
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Rank #4: 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
34 mins
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Rank #5: 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
47 mins
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Rank #6: 007 La Belle Époque

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

Oct 25 2015
45 mins
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Rank #7: 049 Tales of Old Vienna

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The Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary struggles to remain relevant in the quickly changing nineteenth century.

Oct 02 2016
37 mins
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Rank #8: 149 Passchendaele

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After the failure of the Nivelle Offensive, and with Russia collapsing into chaos, the British Cabinet unleashes Haig, who begins his latest offensive.

Mar 24 2019
33 mins
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Rank #9: 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
39 mins
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Rank #10: 159 The Liberal Crisis

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The Great War was framed in the West as a fight for the future of democracy, but in this episode we ponder how the demands of war are weakening democracy at home.

Jun 30 2019
42 mins
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Rank #11: 110 The Shell Shortage

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By the spring of 1915, it was clear that the war would last for a long time and that it would be taking an economic toll on all the nations involved, and there would likely be political consequences as well. In Britain, the debate centered on whether the government was doing enough to support the French, and in particular, whether British soldiers were being supplied with enough artillery shells to get the job done.

Mar 25 2018
42 mins
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Rank #12: 134 The Zimmerman Telegram

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With the Mexican Revolution winding down and the prospects of war between Mexico and the USA seeming increasingly remote, the German Foreign Secretary explores the idea of inviting Mexico to declare war on the United States.

Nov 04 2018
41 mins
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Rank #13: 158 So Thoroughly Policed

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We look at economic and social changes in America brought on by the war, including the Espionage Act and new restrictions on freedom of expression.

Jun 23 2019
39 mins
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Rank #14: 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
48 mins
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Rank #15: 027 Too Soon to Thank God

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Slavic people occupy half the land area of Europe, and Slav nationalism is going to be a driving force in the history of the 20th century. This episode explains the history of the Slavs, with a special emphasis on the most important Slav nation: Russia.

Apr 10 2016
42 mins
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Rank #16: 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
40 mins
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Rank #17: 055 So Far From God

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Mexico began the century under the rule of the now elderly Porfirio Diaz. But Diaz was not able to keep up with changing times, and the fall of his rule is the opening chapter of the Mexican Revolution.

Nov 20 2016
39 mins
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Rank #18: 154 The Balfour Declaration

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As British troops advance into Palestine, the British Cabinet formally embraces the concept of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, but does not explain what that means.

May 12 2019
45 mins
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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 111 The Bulgarian Summer

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By the summer of 1915, both the Central Powers and the Allies were keen to get Bulgaria to join the war on their side. The Central Powers won the bidding war, and Bulgaria became the fourth (and last) member of the Central Powers.

Apr 08 2018
41 mins
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