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

Explaining History Nick Shepley

    • Society & Culture
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Twenty five minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.

    Hunting Evil: Nazi War Criminals in South America. Explaining History in conversation with historian Guy Walters

    Hunting Evil: Nazi War Criminals in South America. Explaining History in conversation with historian Guy Walters

    In the half decade after the Second World War, a stream of wanted Nazi war criminals, including Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele fled from Germany and escaped via Italy to Argentina and Brazil. They lived relatively openly in the established German communities in both countries and only a handful were ever brought to justice. In this special edition of the Explaining History podcast, we hear from Guy Walters, whose book, Hunting Evil examines the hidden history of this often mythologised chapter of post war history.
     
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    German terror bombing and Warsaw 1939

    German terror bombing and Warsaw 1939

    The German airforce was designed to support its army on the battlefield and act as a tool for rapid military operations or 'blitzkrieg'. Unlike British and American air fleets that pursued a policy of strategic bombing away from the battlefield, lighter German aircraft were focused on ground support. Their role in the terror bombing of the defended city of Warsaw was to force capitulation of the army and other defenders, but this came at a deliberate massive civilian cost.
     
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    • 26 min
    Britain's Europe Referendum 1975

    Britain's Europe Referendum 1975

    In 1973 the Conservative Party and the right of the Labour Party voted to join the European Economic Community or 'Common Market' as it was known. Despite opposition on the right and left, the decision to join was ratified by a referendum in 1975, but the political divisions foreshadowed endless political conflict over the issue of European integration in later decades.
     
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    French Politics and the war in Indochina 1949-54

    French Politics and the war in Indochina 1949-54

    By 1950 the French political establishment was in a state of despair about its prospects in Vietnam. The newly reorganised army of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam had inflicted defeats on France in 1950 ad Cao Bang on the Vietnam/China border. The involvement of the USA in the war brought badly needed military and financial aid, but placed an intolerable burden on French national pride.
     
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    Internationalism vs Anti Communism in America: 1945-7

    Internationalism vs Anti Communism in America: 1945-7

    In the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, the popularity of international, multilateral organisations such as the UN and the Bretton Woods institutions in America was high. Wartime cooperation was looked upon favourably by most Americans, even though there was a considerable minority who favoured a return to isolationism. The Republican Party and right wing journalists and thinkers saw international cooperation, sympathies towards Britain and wartime cooperation with the USSR as ideal material to attack the Democrats with. This was an integral part of the growth of anti communism in the USA in the 1940s and 1950s.
     
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    140 Days to Hiroshima Part Two: Explaining History interview with David Dean Barrett

    140 Days to Hiroshima Part Two: Explaining History interview with David Dean Barrett

    This is the second in our two part interview special with historian David Barrett, whose new book 140 Days to Hiroshima examines the decision making regarding the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This time we examine the factionalism within the Japanese wartime leadership, the impact of the second atomic bomb on the regime's decision making and the role of Emperor Hirohito.




    You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/140-Days-Hiroshima-Untold-Surrender/dp/1635765811.


    There are further reviews of the book here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/david-dean-barrett/140-days-to-hiroshima/, and you can read David's further writings on Hiroshima at the History News Network here: https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/174871.
     
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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52 Ratings

52 Ratings

SalvySanchez510 ,

oh my god finally

you have no idea how long i've been looking for this podcast. i used to sub on my old phone and this was one of my all time favorite podcasts. Nick Shepley is great, the guy has his knowledge and the caydence to say without sounding like a shrill cat. so i was pretty bummed when i couldnt think of the name of this podcast when my phone died and i lost all my info on it. i've been searching through every history podcast to see how i could narrow down the results. i even asked people on reddit in r/history and r/podcasts and even TOMT. finally finally finally today i found it. thank christ. well not really thank itunes i guess. actually thank nick for making such a great podcast. i love it.

jwachter2 ,

One of the best

Excellent podcast, very cogent presentation of each subject.

MichellePawprint ,

Thank you

Very enlightening perspective.

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