Cover image of Explaining History
(45)
Society & Culture
History

Explaining History

Updated 5 days ago

Society & Culture
History
Read more

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

Read more

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

iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
39
4
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.

iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
39
4
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.
Cover image of Explaining History

Explaining History

Updated 5 days ago

Read more

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

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

Podcast cover
Read more
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
25 mins
Play

Rank #2: Palestine, India and Britain: Two partitions and the end of empire

Podcast cover
Read more

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.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 02 2017
28 mins
Play

Rank #3: The Creation of Yugoslavia 1919 (Part One)

Podcast cover
Read more

In the aftermath of the First World War a federation of Balkan states that had emerged from the collapsed Austro Hungarian and Ottoman Empires, each with conflicting agendas, created a new South Slav Federation; Yugoslavia. The Paris Peace Conference would determine the new nation's future.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 27 2018
23 mins
Play

Rank #4: Prohibition

Podcast cover
Read more
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
24 mins
Play

Rank #5: The Fall of Budapest

Podcast cover
Read more
In January 1945 the city of Budapest was surrounded by the Red Army and Hitler's occupying forces made a desperate and futile last stand. The siege of the city by the Red Army is often overshadowed by the subsequent downfall of Berlin, but the consequences for the inhabitants were no less savage. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 20 2016
25 mins
Play

Rank #6: Antonio Gramsci

Podcast cover
Read more
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
24 mins
Play

Rank #7: The fall of Greece and Crete 1941

Podcast cover
Read more

A series of strategic errors, missed opportunities and disasters handed Germany victory in Greece and Crete and led to two further allied evacuations. However, the fall of Crete was the most costly airborne operation ever mounted by Germany.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 11 2017
27 mins
Play

Rank #8: Tito and Yugoslavia in 1945

Podcast cover
Read more
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
25 mins
Play

Rank #9: Goebbels and Total War

Podcast cover
Read more
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
22 mins
Play

Rank #10: The Partition of India 1947

Podcast cover
Read more
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
25 mins
Play

Rank #11: Roosevelt, Churchill and Lend Lease

Podcast cover
Read more

Following Roosevelt's election victory in November 1940, the news that Britain faced certain bankruptcy in dollar terms presented the president with the first major challenge of his new term. The lend lease agreement, signed in March 1941 was the solution.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 19 2018
25 mins
Play

Rank #12: Hitler's Invasion of Norway: April 1940

Podcast cover
Read more

Chaos, incompetence and poor intelligence by the British and French handed Hitler an easy victory in Norway, seizing a vital source of raw materials. The loss of Norway showed Britain had a long learning curve ahead.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 16 2017
24 mins
Play

Rank #13: Zero Hour: The Soviet Occupation of Berlin, Budapest and Warsaw 1945

Podcast cover
Read more

The devastation of Germany and Eastern Europe by Hitler created the perfect environment for Soviet rule. Shattered, bewildered and destitute populations had little choice but to accept the domination of the Red Army.


If you enjoyed today’s podcast and would like to join in the debate or learn more, visit us on the Explaining History Podcast Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/148115359176123/

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 26 2018
24 mins
Play

Rank #14: Stalinist secrecy and paranoia 1928-38

Podcast cover
Read more

The internal logic of Stalinism was based around perceived threats, class enemies, overseas conspiracies and an all pervading secrecy.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 29 2018
24 mins
Play

Rank #15: Romania, Communism and the Holocaust

Podcast cover
Read more
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
28 mins
Play

Rank #16: Mao, Stalin and Khrushchev: 1949-57

Podcast cover
Read more

When Stalin died, Mao felt entitled to lead the world communist movement and looked upon Khrushchev as an insignificant upstart. However, Soviet attitudes towards China only brought about greater resentment between the two powers, with catastrophic consequences in China.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 20 2018
24 mins
Play

Rank #17: Berlin and Munich in the 1920s

Podcast cover
Read more

Before the First World War, Munich was the home of Germany's avante garde, with vibrant socialist and anarchist parties, whereas Berlin was the home of militarism and conservatism. By the mid 1920s, this had reversed, with Munich producing Nazism and Berlin seeing radical political, cultural and social liberation. This inversion would have profound implications for the fate of Germany in the 1930s.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 30 2019
25 mins
Play

Rank #18: Sachsenhausen, Dachau and the later Nazi Camps 1936-39

Podcast cover
Read more

After the initial chaotic phase of the development of the camp system, by 1936 new purpose build camp complexes that dwarfed their predecessors emerged. Sachsenhausen in 1936 was part of this new model camp system, designed to work as a means of transforming and 'educating' inmates into becoming ideal members of the racial community.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 30 2017
24 mins
Play

Rank #19: Mao, Khrushchev and the Great Leap Forward

Podcast cover
Read more
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
25 mins
Play

Rank #20: Austria Hungary's Wartime Secret State 1914-18

Podcast cover
Read more

Long accustomed to dealing with the challenge of national movements within the Austro Hungarian Empire, the various police and intelligence forces merged to combat sedition during the First World War, but ultimately failed to prevent the break up of the empire

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 17 2018
25 mins
Play

Similar Podcasts