271 episodes

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

The History of the Twentieth Century Mark Painter

    • History
    • 4.8 • 418 Ratings

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

    The Brown Battalions

    The Brown Battalions

    With the 1930 German federal election, the Nazi party went from the fringes to status as one of Germany's major political parties. But that's not the same as participating in government.

    • 43 min
    After Hitler, Our Turn

    After Hitler, Our Turn

    In the late Twenties, Germany saw its Communist and National Socialist parties grow in popularity, especially the latter. Adolf Hitler became the unlikely leader of the right wing in Germany, while the Communists dismissed the Nazis as a temporary obstacle.

    • 43 min
    Foreign Commentary Changes Nothing

    Foreign Commentary Changes Nothing

    The Japanese occupation of Manchuria was the first real test of the League of Nations, as this was exactly the kind of aggressive act the League was created to prevent. Unfortunately, the League failed the test.

    • 43 min
    What Is a Planet?

    What Is a Planet?

    Ever since the eighth planet, Neptune, was discovered in 1846, some astronomers searched for a hypothetical ninth planet. Clyde Tombaugh discovered the ninth planet in 1930. Or did he?

    • 52 min
    Discussion Is Useless

    Discussion Is Useless

    Japan had a rough time of it in the 1920s, between the global economic shocks and a devastating 1923 earthquake. Japanese military commanders saw control of Manchuria as key to Japan's economic independence, and they weren't about to let the politicians in Tokyo interfere.

    • 46 min
    The Long March

    The Long March

    Chiang Kai-shek unified China, more or less, but survival of the Nationalist government was threatened by warlords, the Japanese, and the Communists. Of these threats, Chiang regarded the Communists as the greatest.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
418 Ratings

418 Ratings

Snarquette ,

Best History Podcast Around

Mark knows how to tell a story. He picks interesting global topics, does great research and has a delightfully wry sense of humor. I look forward to each episode. Best history podcast going right now.

dsterskiester ,

History of the 20th Century

I thought this podcast might be a lot of facts I already knew….and I was wrong. I have learned so much, and made a lot of connections that I never had before. Highly recommended. One of the podcasts I look forward to a new episode on my feed the most.

JonHotRod ,

Awesome Podcast

Well done. Keep up the outstanding work!!

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